NICE and eating disorders
NICE has published updated guidance on the recognition and treatment of eating disorders (https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng69).
The guidance acknowledges that while historically eating disorders were thought mainly a problem in girls and women, recent community-based epidemiological studies suggest that as many as 25% of people with an eating disorder are boys and men.
According to the guidance, eating disorders usually start in adolescence, but can also start during childhood or adulthood. About 15% of people with an eating disorder have anorexia nervosa, which is also more common in younger people.
Eating disorders are associated with poor quality of life, social isolation, and a substantial impact for family members and carers, says the guidance.