Surrey & Borders Partnership
What are the causes of eating disorders?
- Disturbed relationship with parent or parents (although one study showed no connection with this at all er...I think you'll find it hard to find a RECENT study that connects parenting with eating disorders.) e.g. the child feeling over-controlled, not being able to talk properly to his/her parents, or with critical or unaffectionate parents Why don't you try and ram the point home harder - the Surrey NHS believes that parents cause eating disorders. Run, people, run.
- Being female - slightly more common in females, although the symptoms may show differently in males (Huh?)
- Media influence - the "thin is good" message, with younger people trying to become thin to match this (so this is a self inflicted condition because younger ed sufferers want to look thin?)
- Biological factors e.g. perhaps low serotonin in the brain may lead to a weakness towards having an eating disorder (There was a brief moment of a glimmer of light there but no, no mention of genetics, brain disorders, etc. No. Their take, alongside dreadful, disengaged, cold, heartless parents and wanting to look thin is that low serotonin may lead to a "weakness" towards an eating disorder - what language is that? iPhone?)
- Trauma in childhood (Everybody suffers some kind of trauma of varying degrees. Not everybody gets an eating disorder)
- Having mild depression as a child (3 times more likely) (Er, there's a clue. Brain circuitry?)
What a load of codswallop. Evidence base please, Surrey. However, should you have the misfortune to be in Sussex, you are totally stuffed:
Currently Health in Mind cannot work with people who have the following difficulties as their main presenting problem:
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
- Bi-polar disorder
- Child and adolescent problems
- Chronic fatigue syndrome or ME
- Chronic pain.
Well, that's comforting. Mental health problems in Sussex are obviously so non-existent they don't need services. Let's all move to Sussex then.
In Kent, they proudly announce that their Eating Disorders information was last updated in 2007. However, you cannot access any information on Mental Health or Eating Disorders, so Kent appears to be a black hole.
So how about Hampshire? Well, after much too and froing I was eventually directed to the Mental Health Foundation, who have this to say:
What are eating disorders?
What causes eating disorders?
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire are pretty unforthcoming about anything at all but they do link you to this, so I suppose that is good. However, Berkshire gets the gold star for information sources and lack of prejudice. It is not exactly perfect, but at least they admit that they don't know, rather than spout forth some outdated prejudice.