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A student, 21, whose eating disorder became suicidal and the BMI classified her as underweight, was told she was too fat to receive professional help.



A YOUNG woman was denied professional help because of her severe eating disorder because she was considered "too fat" by the health team she examined, causing further injury and suicide.

Sammy Halstead, from Caerphilly, Wales went for an assessment with a Cardiff mental health community team, where she studied psychology at the university when she was told she could not help.

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The 21

-year-old received a letter weeks later, stating that she did not meet the criteria for a specialist clinic for eating disorders because her body mass index (BMI) was not considered low enough.

Broken son Sammy had been struggling with food and compulsive training in her entire life, turning to herself and attempting suicide as an eating disorder. She got out of control after the letter.

She told Wales Online, "It was difficult enough for me to seek support, but then to receive a simple letter saying that I was too fat to bother to help me brought me to think about was a kind of scam.

   The 21-year-old was told that her BMI was not low enough to help

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The 21-year-old was told that her BMI was not low enough help

"This letter haunts me. Every time I eat a meal, I think that my BMI is way too high and I should not consume more calories.

"I've read and heard some very discouraging things from professionals, but nothing that it had My struggles for food and weight were as unimportant as before."

Before Sammy moved to Cardiff to go through her studies Sammy has already been regarded as an eligible helper at the specialist services for eating disorders in her hometown therapy sessions.

However, when she was released from the eating disorder service for mental health help, as her self-harm began to escalate, she was seen by a psychiatrist only three times in a year.

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She had previously been assisted by the specialist in her hometown

to help the local psychiatric team in Cardiff after she had registered with a new family doctor – but she was again disappointed when she underwent further assessment.

She added, "I struggled to consume more than just a small meal and cups of coffee daily – and I also felt very physically unwell, which my BMI would not tell the raters."

After several weeks of evaluation, Sammy received a letter from the Links Center CMHT based in Cardiff Royal Infirmary. With a BMI of 17.8, she was ineligible.

The letter haunts me. Every time I eat a meal, I think that my BMI is way too high and I should not consume more calories.

Sammy Halstead

The Six First Signs of an Eating Disorder

Weight Loss It's not the only sign that someone might have an eating disorder.

But early recognition of the signs is the best way to save lives and help someone get the early diagnosis or treatment they need.

With most British adults who do not know what to look out for, here's a helpful list of six things to remember:

  1. Lips – are they obsessed with food?
  2. Flips – Is their behavior drastically changing recently?
  3. Hips – Do you have a distorted view of your height?
  4. Kips – Are you often tired or have trouble concentrating?
  5. Nips – Do they disappear to disappear after a meal?
  6. Skips – did you start to do a lot of sports?

In Response The Card Board and the Vale University Health Board said, "We are sorry to hear that the patient felt that she did not receive the necessary support from the mental health team.

"We offer mental health services to people with eating disorders. This covers the entire body mass index area – and there are a number of specialized, multidisciplinary teams offering support and treatment.

"The team works together to make decisions in cases and practitioners use factors such as psychiatric cooperation-morbidity, physical health, and BMI to determine which part of the service is best for the individual.

If the patient wishes to continue discussing some aspect of his treatment, we ask him to contact our team for concerns. "[1965] In the past summer, a patient with the name Dumpthe Scalesins was called upon to invite patients with eating disorders about their psychic state and not about their physical weight

The UK Government should fully implement GP guidelines and clinical training to ensure that persons with Eating disorders are treated before they reach a crisis point.

Hope Virgo, who directs the campaign, said, "If you imagine someone is suffering from an eating disorder, d ie imagine a thin rod. Gaunt looking girl – but that's not the reality.

"Individuals are too often turned away from essential support because they are not thin enough to be considered a risk – and feel that they are not worthy to receive support, possibly suicidal.

" That's why I call on governments to review the eating disorders delivered by doctors. It is time we stopped waiting for people's crisis point before offering them support.

This woman also opened her struggles with an eating disorder, revealing that Instagram was her anorexia "fueled" so she only consumed 20 calories a day after she had looped through images of skinny girls.

Her story of jumping off her near-death experience of anorexia where her parents say goodbye

Also, a nurse student who was so sick of anorexia that she was afraid of water, explains her life

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