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Too fat or too thin? 25th April 2007
Too fat or too thin?
A quarter of women are obese, one percent of girls aged 15-25 suffer from anorexia and bulimia. Why?

In this country we suffer from two extremes - the desire to be size zero and rising levels of obesity.  A quarter of women are obese and one percent of girls aged 15-25 suffer from anorexia and bulimia. But why do so many women have angst surrounding food, eating, and gaining or losing weight? We’ll be looking at some of the cutting edge treatments helping people overcome their troubled relationship with food, especially those targeting young people, such as the MEND programme. And we’ll be asking what the government is doing to curb the looming crisis of obesity and the provision and access to services for those with eating disorders.

Candida Crewe, author
Susannah Jowitt, author
Caroline Flint, Department of Health
Susan Ringwood, Chief Executive of BEAT
Lucy Serpell, Clinical Research Psychologist with London NHS Trust
Professor Julia Buckroyd,  Director of the Obesity and Eating Disorders Research Unit, University of Hertfordshire. Please email her directly on if you want to get in touch.

‘Eating Myself’ by Candida Crewe is published by Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN: 9780747585626.
‘Fat, So?’ by Susannah Jowitt is published by Think Publishing, ISBN-10: 1-84525-012-5.
‘Therapeutic Groups for Obese Women’ by Julia Buckroyd and Sharon Rother is published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd, ISBN: 978-0-470-03448-4.

National Obesity Forum
BBC Health - Obesity
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National Centre for Eating Disorders
Weight Concern
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