Don’t Die For a Diet

Anorexia NervosaHannah Downie, 17, is seriously underweight with less than 6 stone (38 kg), but despite the severity of her condition, doctors are unable to help her because of a lack of services in Scotland.

Faced with the prospect of a daughter who refuses to eat, Barbara Downie, Hannah’s mother, was told by doctors to treat the girl at home.

“I’ve run out of hope,” the mother-of-five said yesterday. “Hannah doesn’t want to eat. She’s admitted she would happily starve herself to death. She needs proper medical help but she’s not getting it. “The NHS doesn’t have enough beds and they’re dragging their heels about getting her into a private clinic.”

Her mother said she noticed a gradual change in her behaviour as she became more quiet and self-conscious. Her weight has now fallen to dangerous levels and she is at risk of heart attacks and osteoporosis.

Ms Downie sought medical advice and Hannah was diagnosed with anorexia, but as there are so few NHS beds for anorexia sufferers, Hannah was sent home. Ms Downie says she can’t afford to send Hannah to a private clinic.

Hannah, who has a body mass index (BMI) of just 14.2, said: “I didn’t feel good about myself. I thought losing weight would make me feel better. It hasn’t. I just want all this to go away.”

Hannah’ story highlights the growing problem of anorexia in Britain and the lack of adequate facilities. Around 1 in every 100 young people aged between 12 and 25 in Britain has anorexia. The incidence of bulimia is at its worst among college-aged people, where 4 % of the population has the disease. And the age profile of anorexia sufferers is falling, with the youngest recorded case in Britain just eight-years-old.

Source: Scotsman News

Here is a TV spot which was diffused in Britain with the goal to give a little more information and to sensitize the population about the food problems and eating disorders. The idea was to provide assistance and information to the parents whose children are affected by food disorders.

And other hocking video about anorexia nervosa.

Anorexia Nervosa

For better advice visit (unfortunate the site was not renewed in 2010)

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    Media is not the cause of eating disorders. Eating disorders were around before television and mags. It is a MENTAL disorder and is already in our heads. The media just doesn’t help. It does not cause them.

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    Fate, if you take a look at pro-ana web sites, you will see how the members encourage themselfs to fast by looking at skinny models or superstars. I think if the media would promote more healthy looking models, the number of girls that suffer from anorexia would decrease. I’m not saying the disease will disappear or that the media is the only responsible for that.

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    Fate, i think that if the media didnt promote such thin unrealistic people the number of anorexic and bulimic people would go down tremendously because you dont have something to live up to. Saying that i do also take into consideration your beliefs there are mental disorders that have to do with food but in this case it has to do with looking a certain way what would classify as a mental disorder would be anxiety, i have a VERY close friend who is NOT anorexic or bulimic but she has the fear of throwing up so she doesnt eat because she thinks that its going to make her throw up and although she looks anorexic shes not anorexia is a decision having anxiety attacks about food (like my friend) is mental but again being anorexic is a choice that YOU make.

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