Lack of training and understanding is leading to avoidable deaths, MPs warn
Lack of understanding of eating disorders among doctors is resulting in too many avoidable deaths, with medical staff receiving too little training, a parliamentary select committee has found.
Training on eating disorders in medical schools is limited to “just a few hours”, but junior doctors and GPs need significantly more, according to a report by the Commons public administration and constitutional affairs committee published on Tuesday.
Trying to recover from an eating disorder is torturous. Setting a GCSE question about calories shows a profound ignorance of a deadly illness
Pick any item of food and I will tell you how many calories there are in it. It is not a skill I’m proud of; it’s not even a good party trick. It is a product of mental illness, one that I have battled with since childhood, which eventually got me admitted to an eating disorders unit at the age of 31.
Report warns of long waits and obstacles to treatment after big rise in hospital admissions
Adults with life-threatening eating disorders face huge waits for vital NHS care and must overcome “appalling failings” to get help, leading psychiatrists have warned.
A report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists highlighted the gap in support available for those over 18, saying that while services for teenagers and children have received an injection of £135m, investment in adult services has failed to keep up.
Having concerns about how you look is not in itself a mental illness, but can trigger a range of problems
Like it or not, most of us are aware of how we look. We have all had a bad hair day, or worried whether we are wearing the right clothes for a particular event.
The traditional stereotype is that young women are more concerned about their appearance than young men. Societal pressures, media images, and doting relatives saying how pretty a female child looks all have an impact.
After her son was born prematurely, Tahmima Anam thought the worst was behind her. But when he was allowed to come home two months later, a new problem emerged: he refused to eat
My son was born twice: first on a warm, late June afternoon in a busy east London hospital, and again five years later at a small children’s nursing home in Queens, New York.
I was six-and-a-half months pregnant when I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. On the day it happened, I had done a series of unremarkable things: shopping for bread, editing a story, calling my parents in Bangladesh. In the afternoon, my midwife came over for a routine visit. She checked my blood pressure and saw that it was high, so she asked me to pee on a stick. When I returned it to her, she told me to pack a bag.
In her new show, Muckers, the actor and playwright revisits the mess, mischief and bamboozling anxieties of growing up
‘Ask her if it’s true about the poo!” “Ask her what she really calls her vagina!” After watching the gloriously knotty kids’ show Muckers, my daughters have two important questions for its creator, Caroline Horton. But when I meet her at a park cafe in Rugby I’m too embarrassed to ask them until we’ve finished our coffee. This, laughs Horton in the sunshine, is partly why she made the show. She wants to encourage the kind of conversations we shy away from.
Toilet humour guarantees giggles from even the toughest of young audiences. But alongside its raucous silliness and scatological streak, Muckers gently raises questions about body image, anxiety, shame and sexism. Horton likens her approach to looking under a rock and finding “all this shit underneath”. She smiles and says: “It’s fine. It’s there. It’s OK to have a look sometimes.”
The author of a novel to help young people deal with anorexia says his message is a hopeful one - most people recover
When an eating disorder took hold of Samuel Pollen at the age of 12 he felt as if the bad cop within him was taking over. He says anorexia is like having a severe voice in your head that grows to be all-consuming, but is also separate from who you really are.
Now, aged 30, he is able to talk openly about his childhood experience. To help others he has written a book, The Year I Didn’t Eat, which chronicles 12 months in the life of fictional 14-year-old Max as he struggles with anorexia.