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25 April, 2024
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Alarming surge in eating disorders in Cyprus raises concerns

Health Committee addresses a 60% increase in cases, urges timely intervention and improved support systems


The House Health Committee convened to address the rising cases of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in Cypriot children and adolescents, emphasizing the need for preventive measures.

Diplaros disclosed that the Ministry of Health has initiated an ad hoc committee, set to expand monthly with field experts. Expressing concern, he stated, "The fact that we have an increase of 50 to 60 percent in persons with disorders is something that we are concerned about." Diplaros mentioned plans for a post-Easter update on the Ministry's progress.

The uptick, reaching 60% in 2023 and an estimated 50% by February 2024, prompted worries of surpassing the previous year's figures. Diplaros highlighted the concerning link between mental disorders and mortality, stressing the need for attention and intervention.

MP Marina Nicolaou lamented the minimal progress since the last discussion on the issue. Eating disorders, serious mental illnesses with life-threatening consequences, are escalating in Cyprus. Nicolaou criticized the under-functioning system for adults, offering only outpatient care with limited staffing.

She urged timely diagnosis and treatment, advocating for the construction of the second phase of Athalassa Hospital to enhance support for adults. Nicolaou emphasized the need for comprehensive addressing of the problem, expressing disbelief that inadequate systems contribute to eating disorder-related deaths in Cyprus.

[Information sourced from CNA]

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