How does the number of hospital admitted eating disorder sufferers in Dorset compare to the rest of the country?
According to statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group had 49 ‘finished admission episodes’ (FAEs) for patients with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder in 2012 to 2013, which was the fifth highest in the UK.
In HSCIC report from 2015 the number of FAEs in Wessex (including Dorset) was 177, making the area score the third highest out of 25.
Do I have an eating disorder?
The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, BED (Binge Eating Disorder) and EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). To help identifying people with possible eating issues, this five-point questionnaire is used by NHS doctors:
- Do you 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 food dominates your life?
If you answer ‘yes’ to two or more of the questions above, you may suffer from an eating disorder and should seek help.
Where can I find help in Dorset?
Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust provides both outpatient and inpatient treatment for patients referred to their care. Referrals can be made by any health or social care professional. They also run a Carers Support Group in Kimmerigde Court clinic in Poole.
Another way of getting support is contacting local eating disorder charity Restored. Their aim is to help anyone with eating issues by arranging therapy sessions and health coaching.
National eating disorder charity Beat also has helplines for those who feel they’re struggling.