Eating disorders display steady rise over a decade

The incidence of anorexia and bulimia in the UK population stabilised over the decade ending 2009, but diagnoses of eating disorders ‘not otherwise specified’ have risen, according to a general practice database study.

Overall, new cases of eating disorders among males and females aged 10 to 49 years rose from 32.3 cases per 100,000 in 2000 to 37.2 per 100,000 by 2009.

Unspecified eating disorders account for 60% of eating disorders cases seen in specialised services, the researchers said.