1 in 4 young women in England has eating disorders

1 in 4 young women in England has eating disorders
1 in 4 young women in England has eating disorders

1 in 4 young women in England has eating disorders… Over 8,200 adults were questioned about thought and eating patterns, which may have been a factor. The England Health Survey found that 16% of total adults ( 13 per cent of men and 19 per cent of women) resulted in positive for a potential disorder in 2019.

This includes four per cent who asked for the ability to work out their feelings about food, fulfil personal responsibilities or enjoy a social life.

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Eating disturbances were most likely in women under 35 (27 per cent of those aged 25 to 34 and 28 per cent of those aged 16 to 24). Thereafter the chances decreased with time and was the lowest between 75 and above (five per cent).

Men aged 25–34 years (19 per cent) were the most likely to suffer, before declining with age tp 6 per cent of those aged 75 and older.

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Several circumstances made people more prone to say all had disordered ­eating. Including being overweight, smoking, deprivation, or ­suffering mental health problems.

The findings in the 2007 survey were almost double comparable figures.

Nat-Cen Social Research co-author Anne Connolly said: “there may be some link between an increase in obesity and an increase in eating disorganized”.

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The disorder is characterized by:

  • eating too much or too little
  • obsessed with weight or body shape
  • mood changes
  • excessive exercise
  • strict routines around food
  • or deliberate vomiting after eating.

The most common types are bulimia, anorexia and binge-eating disorders. People were asked five questions for the survey. Two or more were considered as possible eating disorders.

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  • In the immediate year have you lost more extra than a stone in a period of three months?
  • Have you made yourself sick because you feel full?
  • Are you worried that you lost control over how much you ate?
  • Did you consider yourself to be fat when actually you were too thin, as per others?
  • Does food dominate your life?

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