Media & News Updates

Eating Disorders in the News

Mandatory Calorie Labelling

May 2021 - Following the Government's announcement of plans to introduce mandatory calorie labelling on food menus and signage in the out-of-home sector (restaurants, pubs and food establishments with employees of 250 or more), we have reviewed the public consultation report from the Department of Health & Social Care. Of particular interest is the research evidence relied upon to determine the likely impact on those with eating disorders. Click below for our summary and viewpoint, plus a link to a short survey to tell us how you feel it will impact you. 

Read Mandatory Calorie Labelling - Viewpoint

Documentary - Freddie Flintoff: Living with Bulimia, BBC One

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.

Media and journalist enquiries

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 create journalism that accurately and responsibly reports on the subject of eating disorders and their impact.

How to get in contact with ABC regarding a media enquiry

Please contact us to discuss your requirements -

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

A Note on Case Studies

Due to the very sensitive nature of our work, we have a duty of care towards those affected by an eating disorder and who may agree to be featured as a case study or interviewee in the media. Some questions to bear in mind when approaching us about a potential case study include:

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