Having previously written about anorexia nervosa, (the biggest psychiatric killer), today there is the welcome news about the government funding a £2,000,000 research project.
Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry aim to use the money to devise ways of spotting and treating victims before the disease takes hold. Health minister Rosie Winterton said the research would help combat the impact of young girls wanting to be 'size zero' models and continued saying that "[t]he development of 'size zero' as something young girls aspire to is deeply worrying."
Currently it is thought that less than 10% of eating disorder sufferers receive help and that victims are often not aware they are seriously ill. The BBC report report that pressure to conform to a 'size zero' model look is widely blamed by specialists as a key factor in the prevalence of the disorder. The extra funding can only be a good thing.