Blogs, Articles & Research

NHS Treating Record Number of Eating Disorders Patients





350 NHS hospital beds are taken up every day by anorexia patients: some are just only 9 years old.


Some are saying that the NHS assessment methods for anorexia are turning patients away as they are not deemed to be “thin enough” for treatment.


This can be perceived by some patients to lose more weight as a cry for help and therefore creates more disordered eating behaviours.


Anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders patients were hospitalised within the last year for a total of 122,150 nights, up from 100,550 nights in the previous year 2011/2012.


Of the 2,381 eating disorder patients admitted to hospital last year, 75% were anorexia sufferers.


Unfortunately mortality among anorexia sufferers is very high (20%, mostly due to organ failure) and more casualties are being reported each year.


Eating disorders are treated as mental health issues which means they are not currently put on a priority list. Therefore anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorder patients have to wait between 6 months to a year to receive treatment.


Here at Weightmatters we provide a confidential and supportive out-patient clinic service for people with eating disorders: please email us at for more information.








*Disclaimer - Results may vary from person to person

Read some of our latest blogs

How can nutrition contribute to the treatment of clinical depression? 6 April 2017 - With more and more people experiencing mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, it is...
Intuitive Eating and Eating Disorder Recovery 6 April 2017 - What is intuitive eating? Intuitive eating is a method that helps you improve your relationship with...
How Does Your Gut Affect Your Health? 14 February 2017 - The word bacteria normally has a negative association. Bacteria has become a generalised term we use...
Hormonal Imbalance and Eating Disorders 6 December 2016 - Hormonal Imbalance and Eating Disorders Hormones are chemical substances in our body that regulate several processes,...