A SPECIALIST NHS team is using Eating Disorders Awareness Week this week to remind parents and carers that help is available for children experiencing bulimia, binge eating disorder and anorexia.
The Community Eating Disorders Service operates across Rotherham, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire, offering support to children and young people up to the age of 19 who struggle with disordered eating.
Wendy Green, nurse manager for the service, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), said: “The pandemic is affecting the mental health of many children and young people, with some experiencing eating problems as a result.
“Our team, which includes specialist nurses, eating disorder practitioners, a dietician, psychologist and psychiatrist, provides care tailored to suit the individual needs of the young people and families we look after.
“If you have any worries about a young person, please contact us.”
Families can self-refer direct to the eating disorders service if they have concerns by ringing 01302 566980, 9am to 5pm, from Monday to Friday.
They also take referrals from GPs, other health and social care professionals and third sector organisations.
RDaSh said the service was incredibly busy at the moment, so it might take a little longer than usual to be offered an assessment.
However, they would aim to respond to all referrals within a day and could discuss your concerns and likely timescales for an assessment.
Eating disorders can affect anyone and associated behaviours often include significantly limiting the amount of food eaten, eating large quantities at once and compensating for consumed food in unhealthy ways, such as being sick, misusing laxatives, fasting or excessive exercise.
Visit www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk for further details about the condition.