According to estimates from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), more than 700,000 people in the United Kingdom have an eating disorder (ED). Many people with EDs do not present to healthcare services, so NICE states that this is almost certainly an underestimate.
In the United States, Mental Health America reports that 20 million women and 10 million men will experience a clinically significant ED at some time in their life.
New analysis from the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) has highlighted an alarming rise in hospital admissions for eating disorders in the U.K., with an increase of 84% over the past 5 years.
The greatest rise was in girls and young women under the age of 18. Fewer boys and young men are hospitalized with eating disorders, but their numbers have more than doubled in 5 years.