Eating Disorders

Health written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) anorexia and (b) bulimia were diagnosed in each region for patients of each (i) age group and (ii) sex in (A) 2010 and (B) 2011.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

We have not collected the exact data requested, however, comprehensive statistics on the prevalence of eating disorders for 2007 can be found in the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey and the following tables show breakdowns of the data collected in 2007 by age, gender and Government office region for eating disorders.

Screen positive for eating disorder in the past year, by region (1) and sex, 2007
Percentage
  Government office region Strategic health authority
SCOFF score North East North West Yorks and the Humber East Midlands West Midlands East of England London South West South East South East Coast South Central
Men                      
Two or more(2) 3 4.8 2.7 2.7 4.6 3.1 2.8 3.7 3.6 3.1 4.1
Two or more with significant impact 0.6 0.9 0.4 1 0.4 0.6 1 0.4 0.8
                       
Women                      
Two or more(2) 6.8 9.6 9.1 10.6 10.4 7.5 10.3 9.2 8.4 9.3 7.4
Two or more with significant impact 2.5 2.7 2.2 1.6 3.5 1.3 2.4 3.5 2.6 2.4 2.7
(1) This table provides data for regional analysis both by Government office region (GOR) and strategic health authorities (SHAs). The first eight columns represent GORs and SHAs of the same name, while the South East GOR (column nine) is divided into South East Coast SHA and South Central SHA, shown in the final two columns. (2) The ‘two or more’ group includes those with a SCOFF score of two or more and reporting significant impact. Note: The SCOFF screening tool for eating disorders was administered to respondents as part of the self-completion section of the interview. Endorsement of two or more items represented a positive screen for eating disorder. This threshold indicates that clinical assessment for eating disorder is warranted. Source: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity in England, 2007 Survey.
Screen positive for eating disorder in past year, by age and sex, 2007
Percentage
  Age group  
SCOFF score 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75+ All
Men                
Two or more(1) 6.1 5.1 3.3 3.7 2 1.5 0.5 3.5
Two or more with significant impact 1.7 0.7 0.3 0.8 0.1 0.3 0.6
                 
Women                
Two or more(1) 20.3 12.6 10 9.9 3.9 2.4 0.9 9.2
Two or more with significant impact 5.4 3.6 2.5 3.1 0.9 0.6 0.1 2.5
(1) The ‘two or more’ group includes those with a SCOFF score of two or more and reporting significant impact. Note: The SCOFF screening tool for eating disorders was administered to respondents as part of the self-completion section of the interview. Endorsement of two or more items represented a positive screen for eating disorder. This threshold indicates that clinical assessment for eating disorder is warranted. Source: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity in England, 2007 Survey.

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