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Eating disorders awareness

Publication date: February 26, 2018

It is believed that approximately 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder, and around 11 per cent of those affected are men.

Recent reports have also shown that eating disorder admissions have almost doubled in the last six years, the highest levels in almost a decade.

Figures obtained by the Guardian from NHS digital show the number of admissions with a primary or secondary diagnosis of an eating disorder rose to 13,885 in the in the year to April 2017, up from 7,260 in 2010/11.

Charities have also warned of an increase in people contacting them, UK eating disorder charity Beat said that it is likely calls to their helpline will reach 17,000 by March 2018, up 7,000 on last year.

For eating disorders awareness week, we spoke to campaigner James Downs about his experiences with eating problems, and psychotherapist Dr Christian Buckland to find out more about eating disorders and how psychotherapy can help those who have problems with food.

Sources: Beat eating disorders

 

(Above) Campaigner James Downs talks to UKCP about his experiences with eating problems.

 

(Above) Dr Christian Buckland speaks to UKCP about how psychotherapy can help those who have problems with food.