Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.

Adeje Ayuntamiento has announced that ALABENTE, the association that helps those with anorexia and bulimia in Tenerife, has just started a public service based in Adeje offering specialised treatments for those suffering from eating disorders. The centre for treatment is based in the Adeje department of health, which is the building alongside the main post office in Calle Tinerfe el Grande, 32. It is currently available on Tuesdays from 8am to 3pm.

Adeje councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, said “it is difficult to estimate the numbers with eating disorders. In general most studies show a growth in the number of cases in developed countries”. In Adeje, a qualified psychologist and dietician make up the professional team, and people interested can call 922 756 257. The team will help in making assessments and deciding on care needed for individuals and families that are affected.

In Spain the statistics show that between 4-5% of the adolescent population will suffer from some form of disorder. Anorexia counts for 0.3%, bulimia for 0.8% and non-specific eating disorders are present among 3.1% of the female population between the ages of 12 and 21 years of age. The councillor said, “The size of the problem is evident – it affects at least one in every 10 adolescent girls”. Of the adolescent population only 5-10% of those affected are boys.

Trujillo Bencomo and Adeje councillor for local development, Manuel Luis Méndez Martin, held the first meeting with the ALABENTE group last November to ascertain the needs of locals affected with eating disorders, and to discuss how to establish a support structure here in South Tenerife. ALABENTE have been working since 1995 in the field with those suffering eating disorders as well as their families, with information, workshops, individual and group sessions, home visits, etc., with the aim of improving quality of life and aiding recovery for those affected.

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