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BBC, 15 Apr 2021
Newsnight has obtained new figures showing that successive lockdowns have pushed hospital admissions for people with a life threatening eating disorder up by almost a third. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

The death of Big Brother Contestant Nikki Grahame has brought the dangers of eating disorders back into the spotlight.

According to her mother, lockdown had floored the reality TV star and she had never seen her so bad in the three decades she battled anorexia. She is far from alone.

Newsnight has obtained new figures showing that successive lockdowns have pushed hospital admissions for people with a life threatening eating disorder up by almost a third.

And leading experts say the number of emergency referrals they are seeing for such disorders has quadrupled because of the pandemic.

Caroline Turriff reports.

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