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Mother of two speaks out about her eating disorder

The latest report by eating disorder charity BEAT, suggests that around 1.5 million people in the UK may be suffering from an eating disorder.

Boys, girls, men and women from all types of background and ethnic groups can suffer from eating disorders.

Jo Thompson, mother of two, suffered from an eating disorder throughout her teens and spent over four years in hospital.

Now over the worst of it, Jo, who lives in Solihull, says anybody who may be struggling with their relationship with food should seek help as soon as possible.

Doctors, and eating disorder charities, are becoming increasingly concerned by websites that promote a poor relationship with food as a weight-loss tip, rather than as serious mental disorders.

Such websites have been in existence since the development of the internet, but have grown significantly in recent years , says BEAT.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has released figures showing hospitals in England recorded 2,290 eating disorder admissions in the 12 months to June 2012 – a 16 per cent rise on the previous 12 months.

The report also showed the biggest number of admissions were 15-year old-girls.

  • 1.6 million people may be suffering from an eating disorder
  • 20% of eating disorder sufferers become 'seriously' ill
  • Anorexia nervosa impacts upon 1 in every 100 women between 15 and 30-years old
  • 15% of large women who enroll in weight-loss plans show signs of binge-eating
  • Males make up anywhere between 10-25% of sufferers
  • Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder
  • 30% of of sufferers experience long-term illness and lasting physical effects