“Research has shown that the sooner a person gets help, the better their chance of recovery. […] We need to make sure everyone feels listened to and realise that it’s not only about weight or physical appearance: an eating disorder is a mental illness.”Hope Virgo
Hope Virgo is an author and multi-award-winning campaigner for people with eating disorders.
Through her talks, Hope helps young people and employers (including schools, hospitals and businesses) deal with the rising tide of mental health issues which affect one in four people and cost employers between £33 and £42 billion annually.
Hope is also a recognised media spokesperson, having appeared on various platforms, including BBC Newsnight, Good Morning Britain, Sky News and BBC News. She has published two books, including best-seller Stand Tall Little Girl, documenting her eating disorder journey.
For four years, Hope managed to keep her eating disorder hidden, but in 2007, she was admitted to a mental health hospital, where she remained for a year.