To mark National Eating Disorders Awareness Week March 2nd-8th, Beat regional radio station is telling the Truth About Eating Disorders.

In a captivating, harrowing and honest documentary Beat presenter Michelle Heffernan tells her own personal truth of living and dealing with anorexia nervosa.

Approximately 200,000 people in Ireland are affected by an eating disorder, and they carry the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder. To break down stigma, stereotypes and myths, Michelle meets persons of different ages, genders and diagnoses and speaks to Bodywhys expert Barry Murphy on how to recognise the difference between diet and dangerous disease.

“You absolutely do not have to be anorexia or bulimia to have an eating disorder” she discovers, and many men can suffer in secret from this serious mental illness.


In a moving interview with her own mother, Michelle reveals her experience of anorexia nervosa and describes her own road to recovery from an eating disorder.

The Truth About Eating Disorders offers information to listeners on a specific category of mental illness”, Michelle says, “but it also offers hope. Many people may not realise they have an eating disorder and may not know that help is available. You can recover from an eating disorder and regain a healthy life again”.

The Truth About Eating Disorders is available to listen to on


Eating disorders affect approximately 200,000 persons in Ireland

For information and support on Eating Disorders visit or call their helpline in 01 2107906