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SEED - Eating Disorder Support Service



SEED was founded in 2000 in Hull, East Yorkshire by Marg Oaten MBE and Dennis Oaten with the aim to increase awareness of eating disorders and provide more support to those who are in need.

Seed is a charity made up of a group of ordinary people with first-hand experience of eating disorders, who make a difference to people whose lives are blighted by this devastating illness.


Eating disorders are serious mental and physical illnesses that can affect people irrespective of gender, age, body shape or weight.

If left untreated they can result in serious medical problems. In fact, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health illnesses – with 1 in 5 sufferers dying as a result. 

It’s estimated that over 1.6 million people in the UK are directly affected – but, in reality, this figure is likely to be much higher.