Eating disorders charity gets £300k obesity funding

A leading charity set up to help people with eating disorders has received a £300k grant to provide support to groups tackling obesity.

The money for Norfolk-based Beat has come from the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund and will be used to fund local community projects.

During a three-year project 45 emotional support groups will be set up across the East and the Midlands.

This will allow 5,000 obese people to access support in their communities.

Susan Ringwood, chief executive of Beat, said: "We are pleased that the government is recognising and supporting the link between emotional support and obesity.

"We know that providing emotional support is essential for anyone to make lasting changes to their weight."

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