January 18, 2005

Neville calls for action on eating disorders

January 2005 Ireland

Fine Gael Deputy Spokesperson on Health and Children, Dan Neville TD has called on the Tánaiste and Minister for Health to recognise that eating disorders are a serious psychiatric illness with a 20% mortality rate.

"Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric condition as evidenced by the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy report, Speaking Your Mind.

"We must remember that eating disorders are not self-inflicted. They are complex disorders that have no one cause or cure. Addressing the problem involves coordinated efforts from school education programmes and public awareness and health promotion activities to professional training for health professionals and access to service provision at community, primary and inpatient level.

"Some 1% to 2% of young females are affected by anorexia while 3% to 5% are affected by bulimia. It is estimated that 10% of new eating disorder cases are male. A recent community survey indicated an increase in the number of people engaging in inappropriate weight management behaviours such as laxative abuse and forced vomiting. These dangerous behaviours can lead to the development eating disorders. People with eating disorders can and do recover, 60% make a full recovery, but early intervention absolutely key.

"The Minister must immediately introduce training on the management of eating disorders in each of the former Health Board Areas. A dedicated service should be delivered through outpatient and where necessary, in-patient care. There is a need for one member of personnel in each health board area, who will have a special interest post in psychiatry dealing with eating disorders.

"There is a need for greater self-esteem building work and development of coping skills within the educational system. Campaigns promoting a proper diet and healthy eating need to be examined, and care must be taken that important messages relating specifically to eating disorders do not get lost in the midst of more recent discussions on obesity."

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Eating disorder concerns voiced

January 18, 2005

The Scottish Executive has been accused of not doing enough to help people suffering from eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia. The Scottish chairwoman of the Royal College of Psychiatrists made the criticism in written evidence to Holyrood's health committee.

Dr Denise Coia believes services are "woefully inadequate" and that no improvement has been made since 2001.

The committee is meeting in the north east to hear evidence from campaigners.

Eating disorders are an increasing problem in Scotland, with about 10% of young women affected by such conditions.

They are becoming more widespread despite a report in 2001 which called on health chiefs to draw up plans to tackle the illness.

The health committee is meeting in Stonehaven on Tuesday as part of an inquiry into eating disorders.

Anorexia nervosa has the highest death rate of any psychiatric illness and is estimated to affect one in 100 women.

Care centre

The Eating Disorders Association complained in 2003 that fewer than 10% of patients were receiving treatment.

Scotland's first specialist day care centre for young sufferers was opened that year at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow.

The Scottish Executive said ministers welcomed the opportunity for the health committee to examine the subject.

A spokesperson said: "Mental health, within which eating disorder services are usually provided, is one of the executive's three clinical priorities for NHS Scotland.

Planning and delivery

"We must recognise that NHS boards have to consider a large number of competing priorities in planning and resourcing services.

"Ministers accept that there is still some way to go on the organisation and planning of eating disorders services and they have urged boards to collaborate on planning and delivery issues."

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, Rhona Brankin, will meet the health committee on 25 January.

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Danger of eating disorders in teenage diabetes

January 2005

Teenage girls with type 1 diabetes who also have an eating disorder need to be identified to reduce risk of serious complications, according to UK research.

Researchers followed the progress of 87 teenage girls and young women with type 1 diabetes over a decade. Of the group 15 percent had a probable eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, at some point during the study.

In addition, more than one-third reported cutting back on their insulin in an effort to keep their weight in check, while others said they had vomited or used laxatives to achieve weight control.

The study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that these problems become even more common in young adulthood compared with adolescence.

The results showed that those with a history of eating disorders were five times more likely to suffer two or more diabetes complications.

Those who had ever used unhealthy weight-control tactics or misused their insulin faced a similarly elevated risk of complications. During the study period six women died, two of whom had bulimia.

Lead author Dr Robert Peveler at the University of Southampton, said that despite the importance of healthy habits in type 1 diabetes, some patients are able to disguise the fact that they have an eating disorder.

He said: 'Surprisingly, some patients do manage it for a time. The deterioration in their health may be quite slow and therefore hard to spot.'

The researchers called for better methods of detection and management of this group of patients.

Reference: Peveler R The Relationship of Disordered Eating Habits and Attitudes to Clinical Outcomes in Young Adult Females With Type 1 Diabetes Diabetes Care 2005; 28: 84-88

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Miami Filmmakers Announce Completion of “The ABC’s of Eating Disorders”, a Documentary Film About Eating Disorders

New documentary reveals insight to life with an eating disorder. Documentary is available in time for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week February 27 – March 5

January 18, 2005 [PRWEB] Miami, FL

Miami filmmakers Joanna Popper and Arne Zimmermann completed “The ABC’s of Eating Disorders,” a documentary film on eating disorders. Anorexics, bulimics, and compulsive overeaters share their intimate experiences and struggles. The interviews captivate and allow the viewer into the mind of someone with an eating disorder.

Eating disorders are epidemic in America. Dr Marty Lerner, of Milestones in Recovery who was interviewed in the documentary, estimated that 50% of women have eating disorders at some point in their lives, and almost as many men. He also estimated that at any given time 20-30% of the population is suffering from an eating disorder.

Eating disorders have been largely misunderstood. Rather than being about food and weight as popularly thought, eating disorders are classified as a psychological disorder. Susan Kleinman of the Renfrew Center said, “Eating disorders have been misnamed. They really should have been called emotional disorders.” Alexis Todd from the Renfrew Center adds that “they are the deadliest of all psychological disorders.” The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of all causes of death for females 15-24 years old.

This program is new, exciting and different. The viewer sees real people candidly speaking about their eating disorders and experiences. It includes compulsive overeaters, which is often overlooked. The project focuses on mainstream cases of functional people, not just Hollywood stars or people who die. Interviews include a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, genders, ages and ethnic groups. This breadth allows diverse audiences to connect with the program.

Producer Joanna Popper says, “The documentary was made to increase awareness on eating disorders, let people know they’re not alone, and encourage recovery. And, it helps people without eating disorders understand them.” She continues, “As Pro-anorexia internet sites increase, it’s important to have Pro-recovery materials in the public view. And the timing is perfect with the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week coming up in February.”

The Producer, Editor and people who were interviewed in the documentary are available immediately for interviews and happy to talk about all topics.

About the Producer and Zakto Film
The Producer, Joanna Popper, has been an advocate for eating disorder treatment and recovery since seeking her own treatment three years ago. She was interviewed on the subject on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, New Times, and Spanish and Portuguese-language radio stations. She has spoken at University of Miami Delta Gamma sorority. Filmmaker Arne Zimmermann is the Founder of Zakto Film. Arne shot and edited “The ABC's of Eating Disorders.” www.zakto.com/abc

For more information, view the trailer or to order the documentary email www.zakto.com/abc or email e-mail protected from spam bots.

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January 13, 2005

Eating Disorders Treatment Facility Celebrates 15th Anniversary

January 12, 2005 Phoenix [PRNewswire]

In January of 1990, Ward Keller opened the doors of Remuda Ranch Programs for Anorexia and Bulimia in Wickenburg, Ariz. At that time, there was only one patient. Fifteen years later, Remuda Ranch has grown to become the nation's largest inpatient treatment center for women and girls, and has helped more than 6,000 patients and more than 15,000 family members overcome eating disorders.

"We're extremely pleased to be celebrating this important milestone," said Ward Keller, president and founder of Remuda Ranch Programs for Anorexia and Bulimia. "It proves the foundation we laid out fifteen years ago remains strong and we stand behind our Biblically based program. Our reputation is strengthened every year as we continue to help women and girls with eating disorders."

Eating disorders continue to increase at alarming rates in the U.S. Remuda Ranch has experienced an increase in children under 13 and midlife patients. Many times, Remuda Ranch is a last resort for women and girls suffering from anorexia, bulimia, emotional eating, and related issues. Often, patients try other treatment centers before finally arriving at Remuda Ranch.

"Our staff is made up of compassionate and dedicated professionals who have a real passion for their career and helping patients with eating disorders," adds Keller. Remuda Ranch assigns six professionals to each patient including a psychiatrist, psychologist, primary care physician, nurse, dietitian and Master's level therapist. "Our superb recovery rates are evidence of the positive results of their efforts."

In response to trends in our nation, last spring Remuda Ranch launched two new programs -- a children's program and an emotional eating program, including binge-eating disorder, compulsive over-eating and obesity. Success of the children's program has been tremendous. Remuda Ranch is now one of the few treatment centers in the nation that has the ability to respond to the growing need to help children 13 and younger in overcoming the ravages of eating disorders.

"Our future is bright and we have plans to expand our treatment programs to help a greater range of patients," adds Keller.

About Remuda Ranch Programs for Anorexia and Bulimia

Remuda Ranch is a caring place for women and girls who are suffering from ever-increasing levels of anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorder related issues. Remuda Treatment Centers offer professional, Biblically based programs exclusively dedicated to the professional treatment of females suffering from eating disorders. Each resident is treated by a team of six professionals including a psychiatric and primary care provider, registered dietitian, Masters-trained therapist, psychologist and registered nurse. The professional staff equips each resident with the right tools to live a healthy, productive life. For more information, call 1-800-445-1900

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January 12, 2005

People with eating disorders are being let down

January 11, 2005 Sheffield UK

People with potentially fatal eating disorders are being let down by the NHS, a city expert claimed today.
One city GP even told a young woman with an eating disorder to "go home and drink a pint of milk and have a treat."

At least 11,000 people in the city are living with eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia nervosa but most are unable to get help, according to South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association.
Spokesperson Christine Taylor claims Government health guidelines stating sufferers should have immediate access to specialist health services are being ignored because there is little NHS help available in Sheffield.
Few city GPs are trained to help, there is only a limited NHS community service, and hospital psychiatric wards are ill-equipped to tackle emotional issues at the root of the mental health disorder, she claims.
"We get people who go to see their GP and are told 'it is not my area of expertise'. In another case a young woman was told 'go home and drink a pint of milk and have a treat'. The GP wasn't going to see her for four weeks," said Christine.
"There is a lack of understanding that specialist help is needed to tackle eating disorders which are totally misunderstood."
Anorexia is often described as a 'slimmer's disease' but is actually a mental illness. Sufferers rigidly control their eating to cope with the difficulties of life and not eating can be used as a way to block painful feelings. Bulimics eat huge quantities of food, then throw it up, as a way to deal with emotional distress.
Young women aged from 14-25 are mostly likely to develop an eating disorder but men, children as young as eight, and older women can develop the problem, which can persist for life.
The local association runs support groups, but Christine said a massive expansion in services is needed because so many people are suffering in silence.
She said people who are dangerously underweight through anorexia are often reluctant to go into hospital because they are not able to get psychiatric treatment, and have concerns about being labelled mentally ill.
Sheffield Care Trust runs an NHS service in the community to help those with severe eating disorders but it can only help 50 people at a time.
She said: "We can provide support and self-help literature. But there needs to be many more services. These are complex conditions because of the denial, secrecy and embarrassment of the disease. Ninety per cent of people affected do not access the NHS."
Sheffield Care Trust said: "We provide a service for people with anorexia nervosa and bulimia, prioritising those with the most severe difficulties. It is the only NHS service of its kind in the area.
"Urgent cases are always seen quickly If a client needs psychiatric help, they will be assessed and treated by one of Sheffield Care Trust's services."

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