NICE and eating disorders

NICE has published updated guidance on the recognition and treatment of eating disorders (

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.

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