Fluc­tu­a­tions in eat­ing dis­or­ders statis­tics

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane - Staff re­porter

New fig­ures re­veal fluc­tu­a­tions in the amount of peo­ple across La­nark­shire who are be­ing di­ag­nosed with an eat­ing dis­or­der.

The lat­est statis­tics, which cover 2016/17, show 32 peo­ple in the area were di­ag­nosed with an eat­ing dis­or­der – down from the 37 recorded over the pre­vi­ous 12 months, but above the 25 in 2013/14. And the fig­ures show that since 199, a to­tal of 433 pa­tients were di­ag­nosed with an eat­ing dis­or­der.

The in­for­ma­tion came from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment in re­ply to a ques­tion by the Con­ser­va­tives.

Cen­tral Scot­land Con­ser­va­tive MSP Mar­garet Mitchell said:“Eat­ing dis­or­ders have be­come far more preva­lent in re­cent years and it is clear that more needs to be done to tackle prob­lems be­fore they be­come so se­ri­ous that a pa­tient needs to go to hos­pi­tal.

“All par­ties need to work to­gether to con­sider how bet­ter help can be given to peo­ple strug­gling with con­di­tions like anorexia and bu­limia.

“Con­sid­er­a­tion needs to be given to the par­tic­u­lar im­pact of eat­ing dis­or­ders has on our young peo­ple. Look­ing at their ex­pe­ri­ences of liv­ing with these con­di­tions is cru­cial to un­der­stand­ing whether they can ac­cess the sup­port they need.

“This is closely linked to the broader is­sue of men­tal health and the need for there to be a par­ity of es­teem with phys­i­cal health.”

Across Scot­land, 726 peo­ple were di­ag­nosed with an eat­ing dis­or­der dur­ing the lat­est year.

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