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The number of young people with eating disorders in England ending up in hospital has risen during the pandemic, a BBC investigation has found.
Data from NHS Digital showed the number of under-20s admitted over the past year topped 3,200 – nearly 50% higher than in 2019-20.
Hospitals are warning they are running out of beds to care for these patients.
Waits for community treatment have lengthened as the number of referrals has increased.
One leading children’s hospital said it had had to resort to putting vulnerable children on general wards where there was not the