The number of people seeking hospital admission for potentially life-threatening eating disorders has doubled in the past six years. According to new research published by The Guardian
, that number soared to 13,885 in the year to April 2017, up from 7,260 in the period 2010-11. Alarmingly, these are the highest figures in a decade. And they may not even give us the full picture. Director of External Affairs at the eating disorders charity Beat, Tom Quinn, says that many other people will be living with an eating disorder but be undiagnosed, receiving outpatient treatment or no treatment at all. That is to say that the incidence of eating disorders in Britain could be even higher than these statistics indicate.