Hey Nick, My girlfriend had an eating disorder (bulimia) in the past. She’s grand now but has been declined by two insurance companies recently. Can you help her get cover? We’ve just had a baby and are buying our first house so we need mortgage protection. We never knew it would cause such a problem. Thanks in advance, Graham.
Yes, you can get life insurance cover if you’ve suffered from an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia in the past.
However, if you’re currently experiencing symptoms, the insurers may postpone offering cover until you are symptom-free for a period of time. Similarly, if you are undergoing treatment for your eating disorder, the insurer will postpone until your treatment is over and you are stable.
Some insurers are more understanding of eating disorders than others, it’s our job to find the most sympathetic insurer for your condition.
The most important factors the underwriters look for when assessing an application for life insurance with an eating disorder are:
It’s hard to say as the underwriters work on a case by case basis but generally, the increase in premium will be +50% to +100% extra on the standard price.
If there have been complications related to your eating disorder, your price will be higher.
Maintain a healthy weight over the long term (at least 12 months). The insurers feel that the longer you are a healthy weight, the less chance of a relapse.
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