Admissions for eating disorders at six-year high

Latest NHS figures have shown that the number of people hospitalised for severe eating disorders has reached its highest level in six years.

NHS digital data shows that a total of 13,885 people had to be given inpatient treatment for eating conditions between April 2016 and 2017, which, compared to 7,260 in 20111, shows a vast increase.

The number of girls under-18 admitted for anorexia also jumped dramatically in the six-year period, from 961 in 2010-11, to almost 1,904 in the latest figures.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: “We are committed to ensuring everyone with an eating disorder has access to timely treatment. We know the numbers seeking treatment are rising and it's encouraging to see an increase in patients getting routine care within four weeks, as well as a significant improvement in treatment times compared to last year. Inpatient treatment should be seen as a last resort, that's why we have set out plans to expand community-based care for eating disorders - 70 dedicated community eating disorders services are being developed and recruitment to get the teams up to full capacity is under way.”

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