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Patients with eating disorders being 'failed' by doctors

Thousands of people with eating disorders are being 'failed' by the NHS because doctors are waiting until people are extremely physically malnourished before they begin treatment, campaigners have claimed.

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Sufferers dismissed by doctors as 'funny with food'

An estimated 1.6 million people in the UK suffer from eating disorders - around half are diagnosed with either anorexia or bulimia, while the rest are categorised as having an eating disorder not otherwise specified - known as EDNOS.

Campaigners say this group are often dismissed by NHS doctors as simply being "a bit funny about food" and do not receive the care they desperately need, with some people waiting two years for treatment.

EDNOS sufferers aren't just being 'a bit funny about food', they are seriously ill.

The NHS is amazing in so many ways, but at the same time, it's failing so many women and men who desperately need help now, not in a year's time.

We're therefore urging GPs to move away from the ethos of merely ticking boxes when it comes to assessing eating disorders.

It's time to take a stand and help all these thousands of women who are suffering - a lot of them in silence.

– Louise Court, editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan

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