Media Updates

Eating Disorders in the News

September 2020 - In an emotional and moving documentary for BBC One, former international cricketer, Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff shares his experience of living with bulimia for over 20 years. Freddie talks to men affected by bulimia, their families, and treatment specialists across the country. He uncovers some difficult facts and truths but never shies away from being incredibly honest about his own struggles. We are grateful to Freddie and all those featured in the programme for their courage and determination to share their stories and raise awareness.  

We advise caution when viewing the documentary for anyone currently unwell with an eating disorder due to the open discussion of specific eating disorder behaviours that may be triggering for some. 

Although not shown in the main programme, here's an additional scene shot during the documentary's filming. Freddie meets Daniel Magson, our Chair, to discuss their experiences of bulimia, and how Daniel sought help to recover.

March 2017 - New research has found that stimulating the brain with electricity may reduce symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa, click here to read the full article.

May 2017 - Research conducted by King's College London identifies a genetic variant for Anorexia Nervosa. This supports ABC's view that eating disorders are caused by the complex interplay of biological, social and psychological factors. Please click here to read the full article.

Working With The Media

We are passionate about raising awareness of eating disorders and highlighting the complexities of these multi-faceted illnesses. For this reason, we actively work with the Media to produce journalism that accurately and responsibly reports on the subject of eating disorders and related self-harm.

How to get in contact with ABC regarding a media enquiry

Please contact Jane Smith CEO via email at for comment.

We will try to respond within 24 hours, but please be aware due to the nature of our work, this isn’t always possible

We ask that as a first point of contact, you email us with your request and outline the following details:

Format of the piece: TV, radio, print. 

The aim of the piece and how it will be publicised.

Whether an official comment is needed.

Your deadline for the piece and when it will be released.

Whether you require a case study*

How ABC’s details will be displayed.

Whether you require a logo and if so, in what format.

A Note on Case Studies

Due to the very sensitive nature of our work, we ask that you include in your email request, answers to the following questions:

Do you need someone who can be identified by their real name, or can they remain anonymous?

Is a photo of the person necessary?

Are you looking for a person with a specific experience – including, the type of eating disorder, gender, actively struggling or in recovery, a sibling or parent perspective 

Are you looking to contact the person directly or are you willing to go through ABC?

For more information on reporting on eating disorders, download our Media Factsheet