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England eating disorders up by 8%

6th February 2014

Hospital admissions for eating disorders rose by 8% in England from 2012/13, official figures show.

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The data, from the Health and Social information Centre (HSCIC), showed that there were 2,560 admissions, compared to 2,370 in 2011/12.

Key statistics released by HSCIC:

  • 9 times as many females diagnosed
  • Most common age for females: 15
  • Most common age for males: 13
  • 20% of those taken into hospital were discharged on the same day
  • 6% stayed for longer than 6 months.
  • North East and South West had highest admission rates of 6.5 per 100,000
  • West Midlands had lowest admission rate of 3.5 per 100,000.

The eating disorder charity Beat said the figures were "just the tip of the iceberg" as there were further people not seeking treatment.

Kingsley manning, chairman of the HSCIC said: "Hospitals not only dealt with more patients with an eating disorder than last year but compared to other admission types, patients with these disorders tend to stay longer in hospital, which will be of significant interest to staff caring for these patients and those planning services."

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