The number of young people in the UK with eating disorders has increased by a third since 2011, with more than 1,500 hospitalised. There is a long waiting list to be hospitalised and even longer list for those who want individual therapy.
Mark Austin, ITV news reporter, spoke about the issue himself when his daughter was found with an eating disorder, as well as depression.
“She was basically shrinking away before our eyes. She was there, but she was gone and it all happened very quickly.”
More beds are required as there has been an increase in patients being sent hundreds of miles from their homes to receive treatment.
The number of people under the age of 17 who have eating disorders has increased by 398 in four years. There is a much higher chance of the eating disorder to be within a female, as nine out of the 10 patients are female.
What I think
I think that, if you have an eating problem, instead of having to wait for months to get treatment you can take matters into your own hands and get advice from people who have gone through the same situation. This can help with changing the way you think about yourself or you can help someone change the way they think of themselves. Looking through some of the links below you can find out how to help yourself or someone in a similar situation: