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Rate of eating disorders doubles over past 6 years in England, reports NHS

05-16 | Rachael

Rate of eating disorders doubles over past 6 years in England, reports NHS

There has been a marked increase in the number of hospital admissions in England of individuals suffering from eating disorders, says a report published by the Guardian that procured the data recently from the National Health Service (NHS) Digital. From 7,260 individuals in 2010-11—with a primary or secondary diagnosis of an eating disorder— hospital admissions increased to 13,885 in the year to April 2017. The numbers of such admissions to hospitals have almost doubled over the past six years, reveal stats.

A surge in the number of teenage girls and women in their early 20s with an increase in women battling anorexia (under 19 years) from 1,050 to 2,025 in six years has contributed to this trend.

In addition to the rise in the number of hospital admissions, charities fighting for the cause across the U.K. have also witnessed an increased number of calls to their helpline numbers.

An eating disorder charity recently declared that calls to their helpline number are likely to reach 17,000 by March 2018. According to the U.K. Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), an estimated 1.25 million people in the U.K. suffer from an eating disorder.

Rise in hospital admissions due to ineffective treatment and no standardized care

According to doctors, campaigners, and members of the parliament, the rise in hospital admissions is a clear indicator of the fact that outpatient treatment was not working effectively. Thereby, it resulted in keeping the people unwell and needing hospital admissions. They also warned that given the ineffective treatment received, people were selling their homes or relocating to get effective care.

According to Frances Connan, consultant psychiatrist and member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, access to high-quality service and treatment remains elusive and limited to certain areas. Connan says that since there are no standardized services across the country, hospitals should only be for a medical crisis with the mainstay of care based at home.

In addition to lack of standardized services across the country, some parents have also raised concerns about the care offered to patients during hospital stays. According to them, the treatment offered at inpatient treatment facilities works only till the treatment lasts and does not involve teaching effective coping mechanisms that would help the patients in coping after completion of their treatment program. Adding to the woes of the existing problems of discharge and re-admission of patients is the inconsistent quality of community-based care teams around the country.

Walking the path to recovery

The situation in the United States is also not so encouraging and is as grim as in the U.K. Serious and potentially life-threatening, the illness affects at least 30 million people in the U.S. irrespective of their age, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status.

Characterized by abnormal or irregular eating habits, eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can lead to serious disturbance to a person’s eating behavior. Given that all eating disorders involve physical, psychological, behavioral and emotional aspects, an effective treatment should address all the issues in some way. While the disorder can exist on its own, in many cases eating disorders occur with other psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depressive disorders as well as personality and substance abuse disorders.

If you know someone battling mental illnesses, such as depression, contact the Colorado Depression Helpline of Colorado to get assistance in finding the best depression treatment centers in Colorado. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number (866) 427-5668 or chat online with our counselors to connect with the best service providers or locate the finest depression treatment in Colorado.


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