Eating Disorders

What are eating disorders?

An eating disorder is a mental illness that effects a person's relationship with food, often resulting in an obsession with weight and body shape. Contrary to popular misconception, eating disorders are not a choice and are incredibly serious, potentially fatal diseases.

Recent studies show the most common eating disorders to be anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. To read more on each specific eating disorder, click here.

How many eating disorders in the UK?

The Costs of Eating Disorders - Social, Health and Economic Impacts report, commissioned by Beat and produced by PwC in February 2015, estimates that more than 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder.

Figures published by The Health and Care Information Centre in February 2014 displayed an 8% rise in the number of inpatient hospital admissions in the 12 months previous to October 2013.

Do I have an eating disorder?

The SCOFF screening tool was designed by Professor John Morgan at Leeds Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, in order to indicate a possible eating disorder. A positive screen is the score of two or more positive answers.

SCOFF questionnaire:

  • Do you ever make yourself Sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
  • Do you worry you have lost Control over how much you eat?
  • Have you recently lost more than One stone in a three month period?
  • Do you believe yourself to be Fat when others say you are too thin?
  • Would you say that Food dominates your life?