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Orri is a new choice for people aged 16+ living with an eating disorder. Our innovative approach to treatment enables meaningful treatment, positive outcomes and sustainable recovery.
We believe that recovery from an eating disorder is possible when people have access to the right support for their individual needs.
It’s estimated that between 1.24 and 3.8 million people in the UK are experiencing an eating disorder. And many more are impacted, through trying to support someone they care about through these serious mental illnesses.
Eating disorders affect people of all ages, backgrounds, genders and ethnicities, and they are extremely complex. We spoke to two UK eating disorder organisations – Beat and Orri – to find out what, as an employer or a colleague, you can do to support those who are struggling.
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Kerrie Jones, Orri’s CEO & Founder, joined Hannah, host, to discuss Orri’s stepped-down approach, the importance of an individualised treatment plan, the research behind inpatient vs intensive day care treatment, and what makes Orri different. Listen to the episode here.
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‘We know people are falling through the cracks,’ says Kerrie Jones, National Health Service (NHS) eating disorder psychotherapist and chief executive officer of Orri – a private day treatment centre.
‘I see too many who go from having round-the-clock intensive care for six months to virtually nothing in a matter of weeks. ‘We call them revolving door patients – they don’t get consistent treatment in the community, which is crucial for long-term recovery.
‘Inevitably, they end up spiralling and land back in hospital again.’
It’s a familiar story across all age groups, says psychotherapist Kerrie Jones, founder of specialist eating disorder clinic Orri — which saw a 90 per cent rise in enquiries during the first lockdown.
‘Eating disorders really thrive on isolation,’ she says. ‘We’ve seen a huge impact in numbers of young people, particularly, who are presenting. ‘So many people I speak to say, “I look at my friends and they can cope and I can’t. They all order a Domino’s while I count every single calorie and feel tremendous anxiety.”’
The increasing reliance on social media during lockdown hasn’t helped, Kerrie adds: ‘If you’re spending hours in your bedroom constantly scrolling on social media and not having normal conversations with other people, distraction isn’t occurring. Much of that content is acting as a trigger, from how to work-out, how to diet, watching a food channel or seeing images of people having fun and looking perfect.’
Psychotherapist Kerrie Jones, founder of Orri-UK.com – a day care eating disorder treatment centre, says teens may also become hyper-vigilant about what they are eating.
“They may start taking an interest in what it says on the back of the packaging, like the calorie content, or ask you whether you are using ingredients like olive oil in your recipes.”
Teens often feel frightened of their eating disorder being discovered because it may have become a coping mechanism which makes them feel safe and in control.
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Orri, a specialist treatment centre for eating disorders in people aged 16 plus, has also reported experiencing a surge in enquiries over lockdown.
“As a Specialist Eating Disorder Treatment service, we noted an increased sense of urgency and fear from both individuals suffering and their families during lockdown,” explains Kerrie Jones, CEO and founder of Orri.
“We saw a 90% rise in enquiries during the first lockdown in 2020, a 30% rise in enquiries from parents of children aged under 16, and a rise in Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder related enquiries.”
The causes of eating disorders are complex, but Kerrie Jones, CEO and Founder of Orri, explained the impact of coronavirus was indirectly taking its toll.
She told The Sun: “Throughout the UK, we are seeing huge rises in cases of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders, and the young people we work with are telling us that the impact of schools closing and cancelled exams with the ongoing uncertainty around what this means for them both now, but also for their futures.
“There’s a struggle with the ongoing isolation from friends, not being able to do the things they enjoy, whether it’s kicking a ball round, going to clubs or groups or simply just hanging out with friends.
“This in turn brings feelings of isolation and loneliness, and of course this is often compounded by the understandable increase in the use of social media sites.”
Kerrie Jones, who runs the eating disorder day care treatment centre Orri (orri-uk.com) says: “People with binge eating disorder often talk of going into a trance-like state when they binge, and they may engage in drastic and abnormal behaviours to get hold of food, such as stealing or eating food that’s been thrown away. There’s no pleasure involved with bingeing – it’s a compulsive act and often a response to emotional distress.”
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“Forty one per cent of TikTok’s 800million users are between the age of 16 and 24,” explains Kerrie Jones, clinical director and founder of eating disorder clinic Orri.
“This is important because it is also the typical age bracket where people are vulnerable to developing eating disorders and the lack of content regulation and the use of algorithms that deliver content automatically means that people are at risk of consuming harmful content without even actively looking for it.
“The rise of our influencer generation means that there’s a risk of romanticising and even glorifying eating disorders with content that focuses on food, eating and exercise habits.
“This type of content can exacerbate someone’s existing eating disorder symptoms – keeping them trapped in the cycle of their illness – or encourage those who are vulnerable to engaging with an unhealthy relationship to food and exercise.”
Orri, a specialist service for eating disorders, said enquiries in July were 92% higher than in February, before the lockdown. Within six days of lockdown it launched online intensive day and evening programmes so that clients could continue their treatment and progress in recovery.”
Kerrie Jones, the clinical director and co-founder of eating disorder clinic Orri, agrees that the current media pressure to “transform yourself” during lockdown can “be incredibly difficult for someone with an eating disorder to avoid. For some, these messages can amplify the internal dialogue and make the struggle with poor body image and a difficult relationship with food even harder.”
Kerrie Jones is the Clinical Director of London based specialist eating disorder clinic, Orri. She has more than 15 years of experience as a psychotherapist in eating disorder treatment.
“I’m well aware from my colleagues who work in the NHS, and other private settings that they have had to discharge huge numbers of people from inpatient services up and down the country.
“Lots of clients have been ringing us saying, ‘I was due to have my assessment’ or ‘I have been seeing somebody and it’s just stopped’, and they just don’t know what to do.”
The team at Orri made the difficult decision to move all care of its clients online and it’s working well for now, but this isn’t a possibility for some clinics.
Self-isolation is likely the biggest of these. “Eating disorders thrive in isolation,” points out Kerrie Jones, Clinical Director and Co-founder of day treatment centre Orri. “When we are cut off from loved ones and day-to-day routines that help us to feel safe and in control of our recovery, the ‘voice’ of the eating disorder can seem amplified.”
Dr Paul Robinson is Director of Research and Development at Orri and one of the UK’s leading experts on eating disorder psychiatry.
Over one and a quarter million people in the UK are living with an eating disorder. Yet, many of these people are being failed by a glaring and dangerous gap in the treatment landscape, becoming trapped in a cycle of waiting lists, hospitalisations, and relapses.