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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."
Beat has produced the guidelines and a new report, 'This picture can seriously damage your health', to mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2011. www.b-eat.co.uk
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