Global Positioning System are failing people with eating disorders, says charity

Contrary to common stereotypes, eating disorders affect all kinds of people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, sexuality, or background.

Doctors have been criticised for not recognising three in ten patients with eating disorders in new research.

Medical guidelines stress the importance of early intervention as this improves a patient's chances of recovering fully.

The research from eating disorder charity, Beat, to tie in with Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 February to 5 March 2017), found that while half of those suffering from eating disorders have received good or very good care from their GP, half rated it poor or very poor according to a survey of almost 1,700 people.

The UK charity Beat spoke to almost 1,700 people, who either had an eating disorder or were close to someone who had.

It's been revealed one in three sufferers are being referred for the specialist help they need fast enough.

The problems, which are often caused by complex factors, can be fatal and require specialised mental health care.

At 16, Laura Zuber from Cheshire was "15 stone and miserable", so she started dieting. This is particularly true if the eating disorder was not the reason the patient visited their GP in the first place'.

Dr Elizabeth McNaught, 25, had eating disorders herself when she was younger, said: 'My GP clearly had very little knowledge of the subject.

"I have been a doctor since 1993 and a GP since 1998".

Beat is calling for medical students who want to become Global Positioning System to receive more training about eating disorders.

"By the time I did weigh enough to be classed as anorexic, the waiting list for therapy was months long and I was completely encased in the disease".

Beat is calling for medical students specialising in general practice to be given more training so that all Global Positioning System are able to properly diagnose the psychological and behavioural symptoms of eating disorders and can refer patients immediately.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of Global Positioning System, said: 'Eating disorders can have severe consequences for patients, and Global Positioning System take them very seriously.

But the Royal College of General Practitioners believes the real problem is the "intense pressure Global Positioning System are under".

They say this would increase the number of Global Positioning System, which would mean they'd be able to spend more time with their patients.

Global Positioning System are failing to refer one third of people suffering from eating disorders to a mental health service for treatment, a major survey has found.

It says it is working hard to improve referral waiting times by investing £150m into improving services.

  • Joanne Flowers