Press Release

Minister for Children Launches CD-ROM on Eating Disorders

Mr Brian Lenihan, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, has today, Tuesday 7th March launched a CD-rom for Bodywhys – The Eating Disorder Association of Ireland.

The CD-ROM, which is aimed at 14 -16 year olds, is an innovative support service being developed by Bodywhys, in conjunction with the Vodafone Foundation, to further support young people with eating disorders. The Minister welcomed this new support service as body image issues are a major part of any eating disorder and this can make it difficult for people to meet face to face. “There is no single, easily identifiable cause for eating disorders. Contributing factors vary from person to person and can be a combination of cultural, familial, biological and individual influences” said the Minister.

Eating Disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa can be extremely serious for those affected and their families. Although these conditions are not specific to either gender, they particularly affect women. The symptoms of the disorders may range from mild to severe.

“Treatment of an eating disorder will require attention to both the physical and the psychological aspects of the condition and should always include respect for and sensitivity to the overall well being of the person added the Minister.

The Minister noted the recently-published report “A Vision for Change” which is the first comprehensive review of mental health policy since Planning for the Future was published in 1984. The report outlines an exciting vision of the future for mental health services in Ireland and sets out a framework for action to achieve it over the next 7-10 years 1984. It has been accepted by Government as the basis for the future development of mental health policy

The Minister praised the work of Bodywhys and its volunteers. “In today’s busy world the recruitment of volunteers presents a major challenge to all voluntary organisations as people, especially young people, have so many demands on their time. It is important that the public be made aware of the immense work done by voluntary organisations” added the Minister.