Teenage anorexia admissions on the rise

Friday 20th February, 2009

The number of teenage girls aged 16 and under being admitted to hospital with anorexia has increased by 80% in 10 years, according to the latest NHS figures.

The UK eating disorder charity ‘Beat’ said the increase may be due to girls not getting treatment or support early enough and waiting until they become seriously ill.

The data fails to identify the number of people who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. Beat went on to say that specialised services were excellent with an increase in the private sector but there are still too few of them. The NHS had only a small increase in their direct services. Shadow government Ministers have called for better education in the dangers of abusing food.

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