Eating Disorder among Children, 13 to 19 Years Old, Hit a Record High According to Hospital Data



Based in 2013-14 survey, there were 75 girls and three boys admitted for care, aged between 13 to 19-years-old.

The number of patients being involved was up to 8% on the previous year and does represents an average increaseinadmissions of 36% over a decade

A new “community intensive” treatment groups would facilitate tackle the problem. Cwtched, a campaign team, that is unit to be established in Wales, says new support and treatment is uneven.

“As far as planning is concerned, I think you would find that in its pockets, [depends on] wheresoever you are living. A post code lottery, if you like,” said Cwtched’s Sian Pierce.

A former anorexia patient, Keira Marlow, 23-years-old, from Breco, Powys, said teenagers especially girls – who make up over 90% of the cases referred to hospital can be particularly at risk.

“I think you can be quite insecure to it because of all the pressure you are under – handling college and handling growing up and handling all of the changes that are happening,” she said.

Eating disorder charity Beat said the “great lack” of knowledge about instances of the eating disorders meant it absolutely was impossible to be sure of the dimensions of any actual increase in cases.

It said the most recent figures might reflect “better and swifter diagnosing by GPs” and other regions of health and social services.

She said: “It was just so wrong. I was the youngest patient there. No one else there had an eating disorder. Everybody had a serious mental illness, similar with schizophrenia.

“Even the nurses mentioned they had never seen somebody with an eating disorder before. I just ate to speed up .”

The Welsh government said it had invested in amending treatment provision, with community treatment for those over 18 receiving £1m a year.

Since 2013, an additional £250,000 per year has also been made available to mend treatment for children and young people.

“The additional funding has altered the recruitment of specialist employees, improved training for existing employees, created extra outpatient clinics and also the increased of the availability of high care beds in Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services,” a government spokesperson said.

“From this month community intensive treatment groups will be available across Wales, which means many more young people with eating disorders and other disorders will be cared for in their community without the need for hospital admission.”



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