Remove the need to be a certain weight to get help for eating disorders.

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According to the NICE guidelines for someone to be struggling with an eating disorder, they have to be under/over weight.

The NICE guidelines for diagnosing eating disorders claim

"in anorexia nervosa, weight is maintained at least 15 per cent below that expected, or in adults body mass index (BMI) – calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in metres squared – is below 17.5 kg/m2." 

They continue to talk about eating disorders and how someone is struggling with one IF they are underweight. They say no diagnosis can be made until this weight is reached. This needs to change. 

An eating disorder is a physiological problem, anyone of any weight can be struggling but until something changes in our health system the stigma won't change. Those who could be helped before it gets beyond help don't speak out, this needs to change.

 

 



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