The past two years have generated feelings of anxiety and uncertainty in young people in the UK, with mental health for children and young people in December 2021. The NHS reported that 249 under-19s were waiting on urgent treatment at the end of March 2022, compared to 130 in 2021 and 1,697 waiting on routine care for eating disorders.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists reported that the number of eating disorders in children was at crisis point in February 2022. Research showed that the number of young people under-19 waiting for routine treatments has reached new levels, while those waiting on urgent care is the second highest on record.
Anyone can develop an eating disorder. They can be triggered by something life-changing (like a pandemic, a big life change, or global events) or something that may seem small to others but is impactful to an individual. This can include stress, grief, relationship changes, or cultural and societal pressures.