Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse today took the 'Dump the Scales' campaign to 10 Downing Street alongside mental health campaigner Hope Virgo.
Their petition, which calls for Body Mass Index to be disregarded by clinicians when diagnosing eating disorders, was launched after Hope Virgo was told she wasn’t thin enough to receive anorexia treatment.
For months Wera has been working with Hope Virgo in support of her campaign which you can find out more about at http://hopevirgo.com/. Hope Virgo now has 70,000 people supporting her campaign which also calls on the Government to review eating disorder guidance.
My friend and colleague, Bath MP Wera Hobhouse, an Early Day Motion, which has been sponsored and supported by MPs across the parties, and can be found here https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/52237.
Ahead of submitting the petition Wera Hobhouse went on to say :
"The sheer number of people facing eating disorders without adequate support is shocking.
"No one should have to suffer alone. I admire everyone who has had the courage to share their stories and help raise awareness and increase understanding.
“Through working alongside Hope and others who have suffered with eating disorders, I’ve learned just how desperately needed proper support and treatment is."