Royal Ballet principal dancers Marianela Núñez and Thiago Soares have helped launch a £1.2 million adult eating disorders unit.
They have worked with Professor Jon Arcelus, who is a consultant psychiatrist at the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, to raise awareness of eating disorders among other dancers and staff in their industry.
The Leicester Mercury quotes Núñez as saying,
While I have never suffered from an eating disorder, studies have shown there is a link between dancers and eating disorders. The Leicester eating disorder service, through Prof Arcelus, has been working closely with the Royal Ballet and Dance UK to prevent the development of them and kick-start a wider understanding of eating disorders.
The unit will treat patients with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa from across Leicestershire.
Contact information and more details can be found here.
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