One in five young women ‘has eating disorder’

A fifth of young women show signs of an eating disorder

One in five young women suffer from an eating disorder, an NHS survey suggests.

The ‘snapshot‘ of the nation’s mental health found that a fifth of British females showed signs of a problem with food.

They may have not yet have developed the most common forms of eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia, but the scale of the problem suggested by the new research could be far worse than experts currently believe.

The study also shows that one in four of those suffering with an eating disorder are men, whilst, overall, the research found that 6.4% of adults struggle with a food-related problem.

Lucie Russell, from the YoungMinds campaign, said: ‘These statistics reflect a worrying trend that there is a generation of young people growing up unhappy and depressed, leading often to problems such eating disorders.

‘We have to start intervening early. One in three children in every classroom has a diagnosable mental health disorder and that’s just the ones that have been classified.

‘There is still a huge stigma around mental health which means children and young people are not getting the support they need.’

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