The number of young people with SLOTXO 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 specialist staff to support them. Mental health charities said the pandemic, and lockdowns in particular, had had a devastating impact on vulnerable young people, increasing their anxiety and isolation. This has lead to more people developing eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia - as well as seeing a deterioration in many youngsters who had already been diagnosed with those conditions. NHS bosses said services were working hard to meet demand.