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Facts about eating distress.

According to the Eating Disorders Association, around 2% of young women and 0.2% of men suffer from anorexia or bulimia nervosa, though the true figure is thought to be higher as many people do not ask for help.

Around 60,000 people may be experiencing anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa at anyone time in the UK. This means that a typical GP with 2,000 patients could expect to have a couple of people experiencing anorexia and around 18 experiencing bulimia. (General Practice Research Database 1993)

It is not only adolescent women who experience eating distress, it can affect women of all ages, and around 10% of those diagnosed are men.

It is estimated that there are 8.1 new cases of Anorexia and 11.4 new cases of Bulimia per 100,000 population per year. (Hoek HW 1993)

Eating distress is considerably greater than these statistics show, as many people never approach their GPs for treatment, and as yet there is no research reporting on the incidence of compulsive eating or other forms of eating distress.

Other contacts:

Regional Eating Disorders Service

A regional service is based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, (0191) 233-6161. Ask for the Regional Eating Disorders Service. There is now also a sub-regional service in Stockton upon Tees. Both services advise referral from a GP.

Regional Department of Psychotherapy

This Department based in Newcastle offers a service to people with eating problems, (0191) 233-6161 ( ask for the Department of Psychotherapy. Self-referral is possible, but the Department advises GP referral.

Overeaters Anonymous

Self-help group for people with eating problems based on the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step programme. The group meets on Thursday evenings at 6.15pm at Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle, (0191) 536-2381
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 3, 2007
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