Eating Disorders APPG

First Registered: 19/06/2019 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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To improve policy, in particular improving access and treatment for people affected by eating disorders and measures that support prevention and early intervention.

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Recent Documents related to Eating Disorders

1. Eating Disorders Awareness Week
26/02/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: Number CDP 2019/0055, 26 February 2019 Eating Disorders Awareness Week By Dr Sarah Barber Tom Powell

2. Government review of NHS eating disorder services
14/06/2021 - Early Day Motions

Found: lack of a coherent and effective approach to eating disorders in the UK; notes the impact of calorie labelling

3. Reducing stigma around eating disorders 
15/10/2018 - Parliamentary Research

Found: 15 October 2018 Reducing stigma around eating disorders By Thomas Powell Rachael Harker Alexander

4. PACAC inquiry into eating disorders: government response
13/08/2019 - Department of Health and Social Care
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Found: follow -up: Too many avoidable deaths from eating disorders Presented to Parliament by the Secretary

29/10/2018 - Early Day Motions

Found: that access to a diagnosis and treatment for eating disorders should not just depend on an individual's

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Eating Disorders

1. Eating Disorders Awareness Week
05/03/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: move,That this House has considered Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020.It is a pleasure - Speech Link

2. Health: Eating Disorders
19/01/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: My Lords, eating disorders are serious, life-threatening conditions, and we are committed to ensuring - Speech Link
2: health survey suggests that the prevalence of eating disorders is significantly higher than previously assumed - Speech Link
3: noble Baroness is right: the statistics on eating disorders are shocking. The Mental Health of Children - Speech Link

3. Eating Disorders: Provision of Care
04/02/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: suffers from anorexia. We have experienced NHS eating disorder services both for children and young people - Speech Link

4. Eating Disorder Services: Referrals
17/05/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: serious, life-threatening conditions. We recognise eating disorder services are facing increased demand from - Speech Link
2: patients starting treatment for urgent cases of eating disorders, but this compares to 353 at this time last - Speech Link
3: the noble Baroness has said, we know that eating disorders among children and young people have increased - Speech Link

5. Health: Eating Disorders
07/01/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: investment of an extra £2.3 billion a year by 2023-24, eating disorder services are being ramped up across England - Speech Link
2: people required hospitalisation for eating disorders in England last year. That figure is more than double - Speech Link
3: have taken seriously trying to expand and improve eating disorder services in the country. We have invested - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Eating Disorders
1. Eating Disorders
asked by: Andrea Jenkyns
... what assessment his Department made of the potential effect of (a) mandatory calorie counts on menus and (b) other measures in the Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives policy paper on people with eating disorders prior to the publication of that policy paper.

2. Eating Disorders
asked by: Jim Shannon
... how many people have been diagnosed with an eating disorder in the last three years.

3. Eating Disorders
asked by: Ian Mearns
... what steps he plans to take to (a) reduce the number of people with eating disorders and (b) tackle the stigma attached to people who suffer from conditions such as bulimia and anorexia.

4. Eating Disorders
asked by: Ian Mearns
... what assessment he has made of the potential effect of covid-19 restrictions on the prevalence of diagnosed eating disorders in the UK.

5. Eating Disorders
asked by: Ian Mearns
... (b) treatment and (c) support for people suffering from eating disorders in the UK.

Latest Questions
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10 Current APPG Officers
Wera Hobhouse Portrait
Wera Hobhouse
Chair & Registered Contact
Liberal Democrat - Bath
Joined: 19th June 2019
Scott Benton Portrait
Scott Benton
Conservative - Blackpool South
Joined: 8th April 2020
Baroness Bull Portrait
Baroness Bull
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 14th July 2021
1 APPG Membership
Creative Diversity
Lisa Cameron Portrait
Lisa Cameron
Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Joined: 19th June 2019
Baroness Parminter Portrait
Baroness Parminter
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 8th April 2020
1 APPG Membership
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Wera Hobhouse MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 2093.


Public Enquiry Point:

Sophie Clark, Beat, Greenhill House, 90-93 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6BH. Tel: 020 3848 7244



Beat acts as the group's secretariat.

Group's Website:

Benefits in Kind
11 Mar 2021
Secretariat   From : 11/03/2021 To : 10/03/2022
11 Mar 2020
Secretariat   From : 11/03/2020 To : 10/03/2021
22 May 2019
Secretariat   From : 22/05/2019 To : 21/05/2020

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Eating Disorders APPG

Former APPG Officers
Kirstene Hair Portrait
Kirstene Hair
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Former Member for Angus
Joined: 19th June 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Alex Chalk Portrait
Alex Chalk
Vice Chair
Conservative - Cheltenham
Joined: 19th June 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
Paul Farrelly Portrait
Paul Farrelly
Vice Chair
Labour - Former Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme
Joined: 19th June 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships