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Eating Disorders

Question for Department of Health

UIN 9777, tabled on 9 September 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings and recommendations of the Feel Happy (Eating) Fix on eating disorders, which took place in London on 16 June 2015.

Answered on

15 September 2015

The Department notes the findings and recommendations of the Feel Happy (Eating) Fix report by the organisation Fixers. Many of its findings and recommendations are in line with those set out in Future in mind, the previous Government’s report of the work of the Taskforce on Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing, published in March 2015. This report established a clear and powerful consensus about bringing about change across the whole system, in order to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

We recognise that treatment of eating disorders needs to be improved. That is why we are investing £150 million over the next five years in services for young people with eating disorders. The funding will be used to improve community based services so patients are helped earlier and fewer need in-patient care.