NHS sees surge in referrals for eating disorders among under-18s during Covid


Doctors warn of legacy of chronic illness as case numbers rise by 46% in wake of coronavirus restrictions

Referrals of young people with eating disorders for NHS treatment shot up by almost a half last year in England according to Observer analysis of government data, with doctors warning that lives are being ruined.
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There were 19,562 new referrals of under-18s with eating disorders to NHS-funded secondary mental health services in 2020, a rise of 46% from the 13,421 new referrals in 2019. Continue reading...


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