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Student, 21, whose eating disorder left her suicidal and BMI classed as underweight was told she was "too fat to get professional help"



YOUNG woman was refused professional help for severe eating disorder because she was deemed "too fat" at the health team who assessed her, leaving her to continue self-harming and consider suicide.

Sammy Halstead, from Caerphilly, Wales, for an assessment with a community mental health team in Cardiff, where she was studying psychology at university, she couldn't help

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-year-old received a letter weeks later which stated she didn't meet the criteria for specialist help at an eating disorder clinic as her body mass index (BMI) was not deemed low enough.

Heartbroken Sammy had already been struggling with food and compulsively exercising throughout her life,

She customs Wales Online: "Reaching out for support was difficult enough for me, but then to receive a letter simple stating that I was too fat for them to help me make me think I

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"That later haunts me. I think of it every single time I have a meal, that my BMI is far too high and how I should not consume more calories.

" Dismissed my struggles around food and weight as much as this did. "

Before moving to Cardiff to peruse her studies, Sammy had already been eligible for help from the specialist eating disorder services in her home town, therapy sessions.

But when she was discharged from the eating disorder service to get help with her mental health, if her self harm began to escalate, she was only seen at a psychiatrist three times in over a year.

  She had been accepted for help by the specialist in her home town

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She had previously been accepted for help by the specialist in her home town

After moving last summer, Sammy hoped to be referred to the local mental health team i n Cardiff after registering with a new GP – but again, she was let down when she went for another assessment. so very physically unwell, which is something my BMI would not count the assessors. "

A few weeks the assessment, Sammy received a letter from the Links Center CMHT, based on Cardiff Royal Infirmary stating that despite being underweight, that in BMI or 17.8, she was no eligible for support.

The letter haunts me. I think of it every single time I have a meal, that my BMI is far too high and how I should not consume more calories.

Sammy Halstead

The six early signs of an eating disorder

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But spotting the signs early is the best way to save lives and help someone get the early diagnosis or treatment.

With most UK adults don't know what to do for six things to remember:

  1. Flips – are their behavior changing, or drastically changed
  2. Hips – do they have a distorted view of their body size?
  3. Kips – are often tired or struggling to concentrate?
  4. Nips – do they disappear to the toilet after meals?
  5. Skips – have they started to exercise excessively?

In response see, the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: "We are sorry to hear that the patient was not receiving the support she needed from the mental health team.

" We provide mental health services for people with eating disorders which covers the whole range of the body mass index – and there are a number of specialist, multi-disciplinary teams to provide support and treatment.

"The team works together to make decisions on cases and practitioners use factors such as psychiatric co – morbidity, physical health and BMI are most suitable for individuals.

"If you want to discuss any aspect of their care further, we would ask them to contact our concerns team." [19659038] Last summer a campaign called Dump the Scales was launched, calling on services to judge eating disorder patients on their mental state and not their physical weight.

It wants the UK government to fully implement guidelines through GP and Hope Virgo, who leads the campaign, said: "When asked to imagine someone suffering from an eating disorder, most will imagine a stick thin, [looking at girl – but this is not the reality.]

"Often individuals are turned away from receiving essential support because they aren't enough to be considered a risk – leaving them feeling like they're not getting support, potentially leaving some suicidal.

"This is why I'm calling on governments to review the eating disorder guidance delivered by clinicians. It is time we stopped waiting for people to hit crisis point before offering them support. "Single for a reason

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This woman also opened up about her struggles with an eating disorder, revealing that Instagram 'fueled' her anorexia, leaving her eating only 20 calories a day after trawling through pictures of skinny girls.

And body positive influencer Megan Crabbe customsher story of bouncing back from her near-death experience with anorexia, where her parents were told to say goodbye.

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