Hull charity sees children as young as eight needing their help for eating disorders

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Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by KCFM

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SEED say they’ve seen a worrying rise in the number of schoolchildren using their service.

The Hull charity, specialising in supporting those with eating disorders, are warning of the long-term health problems caused by conditions like anorexia.

They believe more education will help to prevent disorders from starting in the first place.

SEED Co-Founder Marg Oaten says people need to be aware of the dangers:

“In terms of long-term starvation and how that can affect them in later life, when you’ve got your formative years between the ages of 17 and 25, and people are in starvation mode, then the onset of osteoporosis maybe evident.”

The charity has seen an increase year on year of people requiring their help to battle eating disorders.

Most recently, the number of children needing their support has seen a dramatic rise.

Marg says the increase is just staggering:

“The younger age group now between 8 to 19 in our stats are showing a massive 70 people for 2014. The year before it was 38. And when you see the age onset of 8, 9,10, going back 20 years, that was the minority, now it seems like that age group is the majority.”

SEED are now trying to raise awareness of the health problems that can arise from having an eating disorder.

Conditions such as brittle bones, organ failure, poor mental health – such as depression, and tiredness can all be caused through starvation.

Marg says recovery from an eating disorder is a long process:

“It can take anything from 2 to 7 years and there’s always that little bit of, ‘Can people actually recover?’ And yes, they can. But there is the realisation that some people struggle and it’s about them having that management back over their eating disorder, and not the eating disorder having control over them.”

Now, she believes more education is needed to stop the increase in sufferers:

“The main thing is to raise awareness of medical risk in eating disorders and that’s got to be across the board, from health, GPs, from schools. Just getting that information about what may happen if somebody starves themselves for a long period of time and how that is going to affect the body.”

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Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by KCFM

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