Britain sees rise in anorexia

British hopsitals record all time high in eating disorder cases

Last year saw a huge rise in the number of patients hospitalised for eating disorders, NHS figures have revealed.

Statistics from the Hospital Episode records shows an 11% rise in cases of anorexia admitted to hospitals in 2006/2007, with a 25% rise in the number of under 15-year-olds suffering with the disease.

This surge in cases is putting a huge strain on hospitals, with the number of beds needed for eating disorder patients rising to the equivalent of 232 a day, with the total figure for 2007 equalling 84, 377.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, a spokesperson for eating disorder charity, Beat, commented: ‘We are delighted the data is being seen so we can begin to see the extent of the problem but we know it doesn’t cover the whole picture.’

Experts have warned that the figures may not be accurate, and the figure may actually be far higher as the findings do not include those that have not seeked help.

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