1.6 Million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder:-

11% of sufferers are men

10% of sufferers are anorexic

40% of sufferers are bulimic

50% may be diagnosed with EDNOS or BED

45% of sufferers with Anorexia and Bulimia make a full recovery, whilst many others can improve considerably

79% of families affected by eating disorders suffer lasting damage. 12% get the support they need

Eating Disorders are responsible for more loss of life than any other type of psychiatric illness

An eating disorder can affect anyone at any age, from any cultural background

Eating disorders have increased over the last 30 – 40 years

Many cases go undiagnosed due to not reporting: shame, secrecy, deniablity

The Factors contributing to possible triggers of an eating disorder:

Negative evaluations of self (“I am bad / worthless / boring / stupid / failure” etc)

Negative evaluations of others (“other people don’t care / understand me”)

Feelings of shame and guilt

Lack of identity / sense of self (“eating disorder has become who I am, it is all I know”)

Individual Temperament / early experiences (vulnerability, shyness, over weight child / adolescent, etc)

Family dynamics (‘enmeshment’ with parent, eating disorder in parent, high standards, sibling rivalry etc)

Bereavement / Trauma

Personality traits (‘child-like’ perfectionism. obsessiveness, competitiveness, impulsiveness etc)

Media / social pressure


Onset of puberty

Acute stress

Dieting and exercise

Common personality traits



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