Health Care Professionals Needed to Aid Eating Disorder Recovery
There are approximately 1.25 million people living with an eating disorder in the UK, according to the eating disorder charity, Beat. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence estimates that around 11% of those affected by an eating disorder are male.
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However, according to NHS digital, only 13,885 patients were recorded as receiving treatment for their illness, this is only 1.1% of all people living with an eating disorder.
NHS digital also reported that over the last 6 years, the number of girls aged 19 and under that have been hospitalized due to having an eating disorder has almost doubled, from 1,050 to 2,025.
With eating disorders becoming ever more prominent in the UK, healthcare professionals are needed more than ever to play a role in helping people in their recovery. They can support patients to bridge a gap between their doctor and home life, as well as helping them discover new eating habits.
Moreover, these health care professionals can work with an individual recovering from anorexia and bulimia to discover new coping mechanisms when it comes to situations outside of a hospital or unit setting. The help they provide can range from choosing what to eat when at a restaurant, to cooking for themselves.
Director of services at eating disorder charity Beat, Caroline Price, stated: "What is clear is that the system is not working at the moment.
"What we desperately need is more money put into community services so people can get support close to home when they need it. This means we can intervene earlier and stop people ending up in hospital."
With the ever increasing popularity of social media platforms such as Instagram, having much to do with the amount of eating-disorder related hospital admissions being on the rise, the need for specially trained health professionals is higher than ever.