UK eating disorder charity Beat say too many people with eating disorders are feeling as though they have to lose more weight so their BMI is low enough to qualify for treatment.
Jo’s story highlights this worrying problem. When Jo was 11, she started to turn blue at school and was rushed to hospital. Doctors said she was unlikely to last the night unless she ate something. She explains that this was the last time she ever attended school.
Jo had been a happy child, although she suffered with some anxiety. After a holiday at the age of 11, she became unwell with anorexia. She says she doesn’t know why it happened – she just started to eat less. Her local mental health service were quick to offer community care, but she was not admitted to an inpatient programme until her BMI fell lower, six months later.
Body mass index (BMI) is a calculation professionals use to assess weight in adults (there is a different method for teenagers and children). The National Institute for…