Clinical update

Quality standard for eating disorders highlights need for closer liaison between teams

Eating disorders guidance from NICE calls for better coordination and earlier access to care
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Eating disorders guidance from NICE calls for better coordination and earlier access to care

Essential facts

More than 725,000 people in the UK are estimated to have an eating disorder, the majority of whom are women and girls, according to eating disorder charity BEAT.

Eating disorders are characterised by individuals' negative beliefs and behaviours in relation to their eating, body shape and weight, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says.

These beliefs and behaviours can lead to restricted or binge eating, and compensatory behaviours such as vomiting and excessive exercise. Eating disorders can lead to death from malnutrition, suicide and physical issues, such as electrolyte imbalances.

The conditions most commonly begin in adolescence.

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