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Eating Disorders is a term used to describe a range of difficulties people may experience around food, eating and weight/shape concerns. There is no “one size fits all” term for people who experience difficulties and people often do not fit neatly into a diagnostic box.  With that in mind, Manchester & Salford Eating Disorder Service tend to think about the impact eating difficulties may be causing a young person when deciding if we are the best service to help. Often, this requires an assessment appointment.

There is no single cause that would explain why someone would develop an eating disorder. There is some evidence to suggest some people may have a genetic pre-disposition to developing an eating disorder, which when coupled with stressful life events may create a “perfect storm” in which an eating disorder can develop.

ANYONE can develop an Eating Disorder, regardless of Age, Ethnicity, Gender or background.  The official statistics state that between 0.5-6% of young people have an Eating Disorder, but this number is likely to be much higher in reality.

What Helps?

What we know helps is a specialist service recognising and responding to the problem early. Family Therapy is commonly recognised as the most effective form of therapy, however this does not work for everyone, and there is a range of different therapies to choose from.  Dietetic support and regular physical monitoring are also hugely important in recovery.

What Can CAMHS  to do help?

Manchester and Salford Eating Disorder Service is a specialist community service made up of specialist practitioners, family therapists, a psychotherapist and a consultant psychiatrist. We see young people up to the age of 18 who are struggling with difficult thoughts about food and/or their body image. Young people do not need to have been diagnosed with an eating disorder or be underweight to see us.

We provide assessment and support for young people and their families at various stages of having an eating disorder, whether that be someone who is at a “pre eating disorder” stage who might be beginning to experience difficulties to supporting young people and their families who may require an admission to hospital.  Our aim is to help support young people to stay at home wherever possible.

The people around us can often be the first people that notice something is wrong. Parents and carers can help by naming the problem and helping refer to services as soon as possible.
Parent (anon)

“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support you have given our family. You have steered us through a rocky sea.”