'It's killing people': Overwhelmed eating disorder services say more funding needed to save lives

Eating disorder services in New Zealand are currently stretched to breaking point with children as young as eight on waitlists up to six months long.

With some eating disorders having a mortality rate of 10 percent, advocates say more funding is a matter of life and death.

Of the $1.9b allocated to mental health in 2019's Wellbeing Budget, only $15m was spent on specialist eating disorder services last year.

One clinical psychologist working at a specialist eating disorder clinic in Auckland told Newshub Nation they’d need at least twice the number of trained professionals to meet the current levels of demand.

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