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Charity BEAT says more needs to be done to tackle eating disorder stereotypes in Devon.
The organisation is calling on doctors to be better trained on how to sport the sign's of the condition so as to give sufferers the best chance of a speedy recovery.
It is also calling for more government help and for schools to address the problem with pupils from the age of 8.
former suffererer Catherine Wright from Devon's spoken to Heart for Eating Disorder Awareness Week, "I wasn't what people think you look like but I wanted to make people aware. A lot of my teachers hadn't realised. It was when I realised that there are a lot of people going through the same thing. I had no idea, the teachers had no idea. It's like that in every school in the country"
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To hear how she got through it and what she is doing now CLICK HERE
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