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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

College backs call for eating disorder media reporting guidelines

Embargoed until 21 February 2011

The Royal College of Psychiatrists' Eating Disorders Section is backing beat - the leading UK eating disorder charity - in calling for new guidelines to be adopted to change the way illnesses are reported in the media.

Commenting on the guidelines, Professor Ulrike Schmidt, chair of the Eating Disorders Section, said: "This is an absolutely outstanding and much needed set of guidelines which will go a long way in helping the media to achieve more balanced reporting of these devastating illnesses, and to avoid the dual pitfalls of either trivialising or hyping up eating disorders."

For further information, please contact:
Claire McLoughlin or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538


Note to editors:

Beat has produced the guidelines and a new report, 'This picture can seriously damage your health', to mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2011.


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