After the case of Eliza Small who suffered from an eating disorder but whose body mass index was still too high to be accepted by specialist help, it has raised the debate of ‘what is the right weight?’ reports the BBC.
Professor Tim Kendall, England’s most senior mental health adviser, says weight shouldn’t come into it. He further explains “If you leave an eating disorder until it’s got to the point where, say with anorexia, they’ve lost say a third of their body weight, that has a lot of longer-term consequences which make it very difficult to treat, so it’s wrong in my view to leave this until it’s got very bad.”
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