Honiton teenager launches petition to raise awareness of eating disorders

PUBLISHED: 12:07 04 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:07 04 September 2013

Mariah Abbey.

Mariah Abbey.

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Mariah Abbey aims to collect 100,000 signatures and draw attention to the need for more funding to help and support those with eating disorders.

A Honiton teenager is on a mission to collect 100,000 signatures after launching a petition, which she hopes will raise more awareness of eating disorders.

Mariah Abbey, who has battled with anorexia for a number of years, wants to draw the government’s attention to the need for more funding to help support and care for those with the condition.

She said: “Me and a group of friends are aiming to raise as much awareness as we can by getting heard any way we possibly can. It needs to be known that eating disorders aren’t just a matter of losing weight, the weight loss is just one of the many symptoms of an eating disorder, an eating disorder can be any age, gender, weight, shape, size or race.

“They can and do result in death.”

She was inspired to launch the petition after one of her friends sadly died as a result of complications because of her anorexia.

Mariah would like to see more funding given to help community teams to improve the support available for those with eating disorders.

She added: “The government don’t put enough money into helping people with eating disorders.

“What I’m trying to do is raise awareness, get the government to listen and actually put a plan in place.”

The 18-year-old believes more can be done to help sufferers before the condition gets too serious.

Sign the petition by visiting http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/54296


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