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Closed petition Increase Funding to Support ARFID Sufferers

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a little-known Eating Disorder that affects thousands of people in the UK. There is very little awareness or understanding of ARFID, which we believe is largely due to a lack of funding for training and treatment.

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Sufferers and their families are too often dismissed or receive inappropriate treatment. We run a support group for ARFID sufferers and their families, and believe current support is inadequate.

The Governments should provide funding for training on ARFID for professionals such as school staff, medical staff, so that they can understand and the help sufferers need, and to increase availability of treatment for sufferers.

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MPs debate Eating Disorder Awareness Week

On Tuesday 28 February, MPs debated Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

This was a Westminster Hall debate, led by Wera Hobhouse MP. Maria Caulfield MP, a The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, responded to the debate

What are Westminster Hall debates?

Westminster Hall is the second Chamber of the House of Commons.

Westminster Hall debates give MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister. Any MP can take part in a Westminster Hall debate.

Debates in Westminster Hall take place on ‘general debate' motions expressed in neutral terms. These motions are worded ‘That this House has considered [a specific matter]'.

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week: parliamentary debate

MPs held a debate on Eating Disorders Awareness Week on Thursday 29 February in Westminster Hall. The debate was led by Wera Hobhouse MP.

See our page about the debate which includes:

  • Wera Hobhouse MP's statement about the debate
  • Links to watch the full debate or read the transcript
  • Links to parliamentary resources and support links
  • A Westminster Hall debate explainer

Please note: The debate contains descriptions of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and ARFID, and related issues.

Find out more on our page about the debate.

What is a Westminster Hall debate?

Westminster Hall is the second chamber of the House of Commons. Westminster Hall debates give MPs an opportunity to raise local and national issues and receive a response from a government minister. Westminster Hall debates are general debates that do not end in a vote.

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