Eating Disorders: Young People

Health written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) boys and (b) girls aged (i) under 10, (ii) 10, (iii) 11, (iv) 12, (v) 13, (vi) 14, (vii) 15, (viii) 16, (ix) 17 and (x) 18 years old were admitted to hospital for illnesses or conditions relating to eating disorders in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (the East Midlands), Regional Affairs, Minister of State (the East Midlands), Department of Health

The information is in the following table.

Count of finished admission episodes( 1) where there was a primary diagnosis of eating disorders( 2) by age and sex, 2008-09( 3) , activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
Age Male Female
0-9 48 30
10 5 4
11 3 28
12 10 53
13 7 92
14 18 140
15 10 194
16 13 155
17 8 98
18 2 61
(1 ) Finished admission episodes

A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

(2 ) Primary diagnosis (eating disorders)

The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the hospital episode statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital.

ICD-10 clinical codes for eating disorders

F50.0 Anorexia nervosa

F50.1 Atypical anorexia nervosa

F50.2 Bulimia nervosa

F50.3 Atypical bulimia nervosa

F50.4 Overeating associated with other psychological disturbances

F50.5 Vomiting associated with other psychological disturbances

F50.8 Other eating disorders

F50.9 Eating disorder, unspecified

F98.2 Feeding disorder of infancy and childhood

F98.3 Pica of infancy and childhood

(3 ) Data quality

HES are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England and from some independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.

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