Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Tuesday 28 November 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Eating Disorders

This year
Parenting: Tips for supporting children and young people with body image issues
Fiona Flynn of Bodywhys has some helpful advice for parents and guardians of young children and teens.
No funding being provided this year for development of more HSE eating disorder services
A report by
Hayley Halpin
Sinn Féin’s Mark Ward said there is “a lack of ambition and political will to deliver services that are so badly needed in our health system”.
The HSE confirmed there is no additional funding to develop new eating disorder teams in this year's National Service Plan.
Ward has said "there cannot be another Budget Day with no additional spending on eating disorder services".
Slow rollout of eating disorder services 'destroying lives'
Slow rollout of eating disorder services 'destroying lives'
Just four of the planned specialist eating disorder teams are operating, with recruitment issues cited by the HSE for the delay.
Last year
More than three-fold increase in number of children being admitted for eating disorders
The number of psychiatric admissions related to eating disorders increased from 33 in 2018 to 116 in 2021.
6% of eating disorder patients admitted to hospital have received specialist care since 2018
46 patients have received treatment in the dedicated eating disorder service at St Vincent’s University Hospital in the last five years.
Staff vacancies behind the decision to close 11 beds at Dublin CAMHS unit
Taoiseach Micheál Martin says the situation at Linn Dara is regrettable.
Progress made on eating disorder services 'somewhat slow', politicians to be told
Presentations of eating disorders in the health service have significantly increased over the last several years.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is inadequate care impacting people with eating disorders?
Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about the chaotic state of services through people’s experiences.
People waiting longer to access specialist eating disorder care
The latest data shows an increase in people waiting more than eight weeks for assessments and treatment.
'Eating disorders don't just stop': Teenagers losing services on transition to adult care
Noteworthy finds that many children are being blocked from specialist treatment once they turn 18.
Delays, distress, deterioration: Health system failing people with eating disorders
A report by
Maria Delaney
Noteworthy investigates the chaotic state of services and reveals that most cannot access adequate care.
Noteworthy investigates the chaotic state of services and reveals that most cannot access adequate care
Only 55% of the staff for three new teams promised for 2021 have been recruited, reports Maria Delaney
People with eating disorders reporting that specialised care reserved for those at 'brink of death'
HSE reports 'surge' in referrals to adult eating disorder services
Referrals to St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin increased by more than 120% last year.
Criticism as Dept of Health spends €230k sponsoring Operation Transformation series
Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns said services for people with eating disorders are virtually non-existent due to successive government failures.
RTÉ’s Operation Transformation criticised over 'dieting culture' ahead of its return tonight
RTÉ claims the programme has “evolved considerably over the years”.
All time
'I had gotten to the stage where I was starting to think about making myself sick'
Former Dublin minor hurler Cormac Ryan will appear in a gripping documentary about eating disorders among men this week.
'The eating disorder crept in': Kilkenny twins on their experience dealing with anorexia during lockdown
Aislinn and Roisin Duggan (23) are in recovery after several years dealing with their eating disorders.
'More and more students are coping with anxiety through either restricting their eating or binge eating'
Dr Aoife O’Sullivan, a GP treating UCC students, writes about the impact of the pandemic on her patients.
People with eating disorders presenting more unwell since pandemic
Rises in acute presentations and significant increases in referrals to specialist teams also reported.
There's been a 66% increase in eating disorder hospital admissions during pandemic in Ireland
That’s according to an article published in this month’s Irish Medical Journal.
Extra funding promised for eating disorder services last year was spent elsewhere
Since 2018, just over 3% of money allocated to improve supports and treatment was actually spent on this by HSE.
Advice for people with eating disorders, and their loved ones, this Christmas
Some people start to deny themselves food in the weeks leading up to Christmas, while others binge eat.
Opinion: Eating disorders are ruthless but specialised regional care is hard to find
One mother, who has seen her daughter suffer, feels the Government and HSE are badly failing people with eating disorders.
Opinion: Stop diverting funding allocated for eating disorders to other areas
The Mental Health Reform are calling on the Government to spend the money for eating disorder services on eating disorder services.
'People are afraid of relapsing': Dealing with an eating disorder during this time of uncertainty
Disruption to routine and normality can add undue stress to those dealing with disordered eating.
Compromise and having a 'code word': How to make Christmas easier for people with eating disorders
This time of year can be very difficult for a person with an eating disorder, but there are ways to help.
This is what you should do to support a friend with an eating disorder, according to the experts
How to broach the conversation with those you love.
Eating disorder centre criticised for not having a psychiatric nurse on duty at all times
The facility was criticised for having no input from a medical specialist or medical facility.
'Recovery is possible': A third of people seeking help for eating disorders have had one for over 10 years
Charity Bodywhys said that a large number seeking help 10 years on have never accessed any form of treatment.
Here's the problem with To The Bone, the new Netflix film about eating disorders
It’s not even out yet and people are already complaining.
'In my head, I didn't deserve to be helped. I was broken and couldn't be fixed'
Ireland rugby international Hannah Tyrrell on the eating disorder that overshadowed her teenage years
Getting help: What to do if you or someone you know has an eating disorder
Eating disorders can affect anyone.
Increasing numbers of older people are suffering from eating disorders
The Bodywhys group has reported a 9% increase in helpline calls and a 19% increase in email contact from those aged 36-55.
Girls make up vast majority of young people seeking psychiatric help for eating disorders
Some 87% of people under the age of 18 presenting with eating disorders are female.
89% increase in middle-aged people seeking help for eating disorders
“Eating disorders can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. They are not about food nor are they a diet.”
'An eating disorder is often an incredibly isolating experience'
Most people seeking help have been unwell for over a decade.
Woman walks 364k in a bikini to raise awareness of eating disorders
There are 200,000 people in Ireland registered with eating disorders.
Men being treated for eating disorders up 67% in the last five years
Bodywhys says the misconception that eating disorders are a ‘female issue’ can sometimes make it harder for a man to acknowledge there is a problem.
Column: 'I was in a secret, emotionally abusive relationship with myself'
For years, my eating disorder controlled my life; no matter how thin I got, I wouldn’t be satisfied. It’s this symptom of anorexia that makes it so dangerous, writes Vicky Kavanagh.
Column: Cut the 'fat talk' in front of kids
Discussing diets and weight loss resolutions may seem normal during January, but remember that impressionable young minds are taking it all in, writes Laura Larkin.
Lisa McInerney: Why are we so offhand about what's influencing male body image?
Actors like Chris Hemsworth are praised for their dedication when they lose weight for roles, while female actors are chided for being poor role models. But the reverential obsession with actors slimming radically for jobs is harmful.