Eating disorders are increasingly reported in the media, whether it is for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating to the other extreme of obesity and morbid obesity. Eating disorders are a growing public health issue that needs to be addressed by members of the primary healthcare team and policymakers alike. Reports of the age of onset of eating disorders is reported to be heading progressively lower into early childhood (Public Policy Exchange, 2012).This a problem that is not going away. Consequently it is a topic that needs greater knowledge and understanding of how these conditions can be managed in primary care, as the earlier addressed the better chance there is of recovery. However, eating disorders have not been considered a policy priority in countries including the UK. In the Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) low indicator points are assigned for recording Body Mass Index (BMI) and/or developing a register for those with a BMI greater than 30 (available at:http://www.cks.nhs.uk/obesity/management/goals_and_outcome_measures/ qof_indicators).
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