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Eating Disorders: Young People

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) boys and (b) girls aged (i) under 10, (ii) 10, (iii) 11, (iv) 12, (v) 13, (vi) 14, (vii) 15, (viii) 16, (ix) 17 and (x) 18 years were admitted to hospital for illnesses or conditions relating to eating disorders in each of the last 10 years. (139126)

Information is not collected in the format requested. Information is available from 1996 -97 onwards about the number of finished consultant episodes following a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder.

We take the issue of eating disorders, especially among young people, very seriously. This is why the Department asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to produce a clinical guideline on the core interventions in the treatment and management of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related eating disorders, and which NICE published in 2004. The guideline covers physical and psychological treatments, treatment with medicines, and information specifically for patients, carers and the general public. The guideline is due for review in January 2008.

Count of finished in year admission episodes where the primary diagnosis related to an eating disorder1; 1996-97 to 2005-06, NHS Hospitals, England

Age

Under 10

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

2005-06

Female

23

13

20

32

58

82

130

71

76

57

Male

35

16

6

4

9

6

14

6

10

5

2004-05

Female

20

21

7

34

50

105

73

65

54

48

Male

11

4

1

12

13

22

13

6

4

6

2003-04

Female

21

8

27

20

64

61

69

64

71

66

Male

93

1

6

5

10

6

5

2

9

1

2002-03

Female

15

19

16

18

55

81

85

67

96

50

Male

50

75

3

9

9

5

9

8

2

5

2001-02

Female

26

11

17

20

41

63

87

60

75

53

Male

18

1

3

10

5

8

3

3

4

1

2000-01

Female

16

12

6

25

40

91

87

68

65

34

Male

11

5

3

4

4

2

9

1

2

0

1999-2000

Female

20

15

10

28

49

73

98

77

46

77

Male

10

0

3

1

3

7

6

2

0

1

1998-99

Female

15

3

12

40

70

52

73

61

49

57

Male

20

1

3

1

9

1

7

2

4

1

1997-98

Female

33

6

29

21

40

56

68

60

53

44

Male

31

7

4

3

8

9

8

1

4

3

1996-97

Female

36

12

14

9

35

62

84

61

48

46

Male

43

7

2

3

3

10

4

2

2

3

Notes:

1. A finished consultant episode is a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Please note that the figures represent the number of treatment episodes provided, but do not represent the individual number of patients seen, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.

2. The eating disorders covered are: anorexia nervosa, atypical anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, atypical bulimia nervosa, overeating associated with other psychological disturbances, vomiting associated with other psychological disturbances, other eating disorders, eating disorders unspecified, feeding disorder of infancy and childhood and pica of infancy and childhood.

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre