Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder (BED) and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED), which may also be known as ‘eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)’, are responsible for more loss of life than any other mental health condition, and unfortunately, are becoming increasingly more common. Over the last 30-40 years, the prevalence of eating disorders has increased to become a widespread problem across the UK and worldwide.
The eating disorders charity, Beat, estimates that there are over 1.6 million people struggling with an eating disorder throughout the UK. Whilst many of these have been diagnosed and are receiving treatment, many more remain undiagnosed and at risk of their eating disorder becoming progressively worse and leading to a whole host of distressing symptoms and long-term problems. The deniability, secrecy and stigma associated with eating disorders can stop many people from seeking the help that they need, and may prevent others from taking responsibility to help a sufferer.
At Priory, we understand that it can be difficult to cope with an eating disorder. However, if you think that you or someone that you know may be struggling with an eating disorder, it is crucial to know that you are not alone and that expert help is available. Priory is the UK’s largest independent provider of eating disorder services in the UK, with hospitals and wellbeing centres across the country offering expert, established eating disorder treatment.
Our highly trained treatment team recognise that eating disorders are complex conditions that are unique to each individual. As such, we tailor our treatment programmes to meet the individual needs of each patient, empowering you to tackle your symptoms, address any underlying causes and triggers for your destructive eating habits, and achieve a full and sustainable recovery.
UK eating disorder statistics
- 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder
- 11% of the 1.6 million people struggling with an eating disorder are male
- Eating disorders are more common in individuals between the ages of 14 and 25 years old
- There are up to 18 new diagnoses of bulimia nervosa, per 100,000 people, per year
- 1 in 100 women aged between 15 and 30, are affected by anorexia nervosa
- 10% of people affected by an eating disorder suffer from anorexia nervosa
- 40% of people affected by an eating disorder suffer from bulimia nervosa
- The rest of sufferers fall into the BED or OSFED categories of eating disorders
- Research suggests that the earlier that eating disorder treatment is sought, the better the sufferer’s chance of recovery