Anorexic girls rise by 80%18th February 2009
New figures show that over the last 10 years the number of anorexic girls admitted to hospital has soared by 80%.
Admissions among girls aged 16 and under jumped from 256 in 1996/97 to 462 in 2006/07, according to data revealed by Care Services Minister Phil Hope in a Parliamentary answer.
A breakdown by age showed that girls aged 15 were admitted 141 times to hospitals in England in 2006/07 - almost double the 75 admitted in 1996/97 while admissions for 16-year-olds rose from 55 in 1996/97 to 108 in 2006/07.
Admissions for 14-year-olds were up 60% and girls age 13 was up 38%.
However, figures for 12-year-olds showed a 207% rise, from 13 admissions to 40.
Susan Ringwood, Chief executive of the UK eating disorder charity Beat, said the rise in admissions was possibly down to girls not getting treated early enough and being left until they were very seriously ill.
She added: "We can't tell if there's more people actually suffering from an eating disorder in the first place or whether it's just that more are getting admitted to hospital.
"We have done research that shows that very few people with an eating disorder get a good experience when they visit their doctor. There's a lot of people being told wait and see and come back again and they get very, very ill before they get any treatment."
Overall, there have been 3,247 admissions to hospital for anorexia among girls aged 16 and under since 1996/97, and 306 admissions among boys.
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Title: Anorexic girls rise by 80%
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 10263
Date Added: 18th Feb 2009