Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Mental Health

Eating Disorders

Key Messages
Hospital Admission Trends Over Time
Hospital Admissions by Age and Sex
Hospital Admissions and Marginalization
Emergency Department Visit Trends Over Time
Emergency Department Visits by Age and Sex
Emergency Department Visits and Marginalization
Reasons for Admission or Visit
Technical Notes

Key Messages

  • The rate of eating disorder-related hospital admissions and emergency department visits among Simcoe Muskoka residents was similar to the provincial rate and did not change from 2011 to 2018.
  • Children and youth under 20 years of age and females had significantly higher rates of both hospital admissions and emergency department visits related to eating disorders.

Hospital Admission Trends Over Time

  • In 2018, the age-standardized rate of eating disorder-related hospital admissions was 8 (6.1,11.1) per 100,000 persons in Simcoe Muskoka.
  • This is not significantly different from the Ontario rate of 7 (6.2, 7.1) per 100,000 persons.
  • From 2011 to 2018, there were an average of 40 eating disorder-related hospital admissions per year among Simcoe Muskoka, this did not change significantly over time.

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Hospital Admissions by Age and Sex

  • Eating disorder-related hospital admissions are much more common in females than in males.
  • For 2014 to 2018, combined, the age-specific rate of eating disorder-related hospital admission among Simcoe Muskoka females was 17 (14.6, 19.2) per 100,000 females, compared to 2 (1.1, 2.7) per 100,000 males.
  • Children and youth under 20 years had the highest age-specific rate of eating disorder-related hospital admissions in Simcoe Muskoka, with 29 (25.0, 33.7) admissions per 100,000.

This was also significantly higher than the provincial rate among persons under 20 years of 19 (18.8, 20.2) admissions per 100,00 persons

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Hospital Admissions by Marginalization

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Emergency Department Visits Trends Over Time

  • There were an average of 35 emergency department visits related to eating disorders each year among Simcoe Muskoka residents from 2011 to 2018. This did not change significantly over time.
  • In 2018, the age-standardized rate of eating disorder-related emergency department was 5 (3.5,7.6) visits per 100,000 people.
  • This did not differ significantly from the Ontario rate of 5 (5.1, 5.9) visits per 100,000 people.

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Emergency Department Visits by Age and Sex

  • Females had a significantly higher rate of emergency department visits related to eating disorders.
  • From 2014 to 2018, combined, the age-standardized rate among Simcoe Muskoka residents was 12 (10.0, 13.9) per 100,000 females, compared to 2 (1.5, 3.2) per 100,000 males.
  • Children and youth under 20 years of age had the highest age-specific rate of emergency department visits, with 20 (16.7, 24.0) visits per 100,000 among Simcoe Muskoka residents aged <1 to 19 years.
  • There was a wider gap in age-standardized rates between males and females, and a wider gap in age-specific rates among Simcoe Muskoka residents than for the province as a whole.

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Emergency Department Visits and Marginalization

  • There was no difference in the age-standardized rate of eating disorder-related emergency department visits across levels of material deprivation.

MIEating_ED_AgeStdbyQuint

Reasons for Admission or Visit

  • The most common diagnosis among eating disorder-related hospital admissions and emergency department visits was for anorexia nervosa.

Technical Notes

Eating disorders are characterised by an unhealthy fixation on body weight and can involve under-eating, binge eating, and purging. Eating disorders can be part of an unhealthy reaction to stressful situations or may manifest as part of a struggle to regain a sense of control.

The specific diagnostic codes used to identify eating disorder-related hospital admissions and emergency department visits are presented on the OMHRS data source page.

Further Reading

For more information on eating disorders, see: