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I have written to many of you via the FEAST email list. However if you didn't get that message and are in the UK I would be very grateful if you could read this.

"I have recently had the enormous privilege of being invited to travel to Chicago in the USA to attend the fantastic F.E.A.S.T of Knowledge Forum and the board of directors meeting the next day (courtesy of a very generous donation to F.E.A.S.T for this purpose). It was simply amazing to meet all those people in one place and to learn so much. F.E.A.S.T. hosts a wonderful forum at Around the Dinner Table and on the ATDTfb page but it is SO SO much more. To see what was shared from parents all over the world at the forum, view here or go to the F.E.A.S.T blog on the event here

I have returned inspired to work with parents in the UK to make the enormous amount of work F.E.A.S.T. is already doing in the UK better known and to help newer parents (my daughter was first treated in 2001) join in and receive the support I have done.

If you can offer any time to F.E.A.S.T. or can think of anything you would like F.E.A.S.T. to do in the UK message me and I'll put you in touch with others who are also keen to work together. Other UK board members have returned invigorated to support the work in UK as well.

If F.E.A.S.T. plan to achieve 3 things in the UK this year what would you choose them to be?"

Several people have already replied. Did you know that FEAST Parents have been campaigning heavily in Wales and Scotland? There are support groups already set up in Leicester and Devon and parents who may wish to start groups, or just to meet informally, in other areas. Some of you have been fortunate to have good care, others of you not so, but standards of care and a plea for a stop to the ridiculous anti-obesety hype are definite themes so far. Message me if you can think of others, are working in your area or want to get to know others who are, or just want to know more


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I live in the US but I want to volunteer. Who do I need to contact?
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HI Debra - I've forwarded your message to the Outreach Director and to the Chair of the US task force - I am sure there's plenty for you to do! 
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HI Debra - I've forwarded your message to the Outreach Director and to the Chair of the US task force - I am sure there's plenty for you to do!
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Debra,

Would you email me at jdeniseouellette@gmail.com

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Stop the anti obesity at school and stop weighing them in schools - my d was weighed in science - why ?? And improve the time that care is available - not just working hours.
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I second that Ronson. I have written to the education department locally and written to Scottish government about the potential dangers of the way our kids are being taught about health and nutrition. It frustrates me that there is no evidence that these programmes in school work and it seems to me they are doing more harm than good!
I am doing a presentation to the teachers in my son’s school on Tuesday to raise awareness of eating disorders and also to discuss what schools can do to help. I have used Eva Musbys school policy info with her permission. The NEDC in Australia has a lot of good information too.
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Hi Tammy - no it really frustrates me - despite being in an obesity epidemic what I see when I drop d off at school is a number of skinny girls and what I hear from parents is although they may not have an ed they have disordered eating - skipping lunch etc. Personally I feel that they should be kept in at school lunch time even in high school with staff to keep some eye on what is being eaten. Not just because of my experience but because there is a whole range of children making poor choices. I hear of some girls who eat a four pack of donuts for lunch and then other girls who eat a fruit pot. Clearly the health education is not working. I am also appalled that they would weigh children openly in class - my d is very fixated on what everyone’s weight was and now a year later will comment she weighs more than x etc.
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We should also be putting out the message in schools that dieting in adolescence, without medical supervision is a HIGH RISK ACTIVITY!  I would say you can put in the same category as drugs and alcohol - in many ways I think the risk is greater because the consequences can last for so many years whereas often experimenting with drinks/drugs can be a passing phase.  I know that some young people will get addicted and spiral downwards but for many young people they come out of adolescence the other side without falling apart after their experiences.  Whereas when an eating disorder takes hold it can destroy lives and takes so very long to overcome.  I don't think education about eating disorders is enough - it is the restricting aspect and the dangers of that which is not underlined yet. 
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My other wish would be out of hours care and concentration on full recovery before discharge - our CAMHS like many others is 9-5 mon- fri - putting pressure on working families - whilst I appreciate that sometimes a parent needs to take time off anyway the other parent is likely working - out of hours FBT would be so beneficial and mean kids don’t have to miss school too. Also the good enough on discharge is not good enough - should be full recovery - even if appts become very spaced out they should still be there
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https://cheriemonarch.com/2017/02/27/dont-look-in-my-lunchbox/
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Thanks tooth fairy - this is an excellent article
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