in anorexia hospital admissions
February 25, 2009
By Staff Reporter
There has been an 80% rise in the number of young girls with anorexia
admitted to hospital, NHS figures reveal.
Over the last decade, the number
of admissions among girls aged 16 and under jumped from 256 in 1996/97
to 462 in 2006/07.
A breakdown by age showed that girls
aged 15 diagnosed with anorexia were admitted 141 times to hospitals
in England in 2006/07 - almost double the 75 admitted in 1996/97.
The same was true among 16-year-olds,
rising from 55 admissions in 1996/97 to 108 in 2006/07.
Figures for 14-year-olds also rose
over the decade, with 93 admissions in 2006/07 - up 60% on the 58
Among 13-year-old girls, there was
a 38% rise, from 34 admissions to 47. Meanwhile, among 12-year-olds
there was a 207% rise, from 13 admissions to 40.
There were also 18 admissions among
11-year-olds diagnosed with anorexia, up from 11 in 1996/97, and
10 admissions among 10-year-olds, up from nine in 1996/97.
Among under-10s there was a rise from one admission in 1996/97 to
five in 2006/07.
The data, revealed last week in
a parliamentary answer by Care Services Minister Phil Hope, also
showed a jump among older girls.
number of admissions among 17-year-olds rose from 51 to 74 while
the number of 18-year-olds admitted went from 40 to 61.
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