BED, or binge eating disorder, is now listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the bible of American psychiatrists.
And far from being a niche concern, experts believe that this relatively unknown condition is the UK’s most common form of eating disorder – more so than anorexia or bulimia. BED is, she says, "particularly common among those who are stressed, anxious or overworked.
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"Yet a recent study found that out of the estimated 725,000 people in the UK who have an eating disorder, 360,000 have binge eating disorder.
It’s been dubbed “the silent epidemic”, a disease that disproportionately affects the cleverest and the most privileged, creeping soundlessly through the country’s best postcodes, mounting a stranglehold on the most elite girls’ schools.
Aged 15, Georgina Wilkin was told to lose a few inches from her hips to enter the fashion world So where is the moral panic?
Because we ought to be panicking that our bright, aspirational children are so anxious and so tortured.
Even before that, in 1994, data from the Eating Disorder Association revealed that one in 500 pupils in state schools and one in 100 girls at independent schools were sufferers.