Patients with eating disorders

The majority of young people with eating disorders feel they have no-one to talk to about their condition, a new study has revealed.

Research conducted by beat, the working name of the Eating Disorders Association, has revealed that 92 per cent of sufferers feel isolated and suffer in silence as a result.

Just one per cent claimed to be able to talk to their parents and only nine per cent felt they could approach someone at school.

A massive 83 per cent claimed that they would be unable to approach a doctor or nurse about their condition.

Beat believes that the media plays a major role in trivialising the condition and chief executive Susan Ringwood said that this was leading to sufferers becoming "increasingly alienated".

"In today's celebrity-driven culture, where people are vilified for gaining weight then stigmatised for losing weight, eating disorders are sensationalised and misunderstood," Ms Ringwood said.

"This is having a devastating impact on young people suffering from eating disorders who feel increasingly alienated and isolated and lack confidence to ask people for advice and support," she added.

Over 1.1 million Britons are affected by an eating disorder, with 14 to 25-year-olds the most at risk.

Disturbingly, research among GPs last year discovered that just five per cent consult the guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and beat is urging the NHS to ensure that the guidelines are properly implemented in future.

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