A leading private girls’ school is giving regular blood tests to its pupils who decide to become vegans, a diet that experts warn can be linked to those suffering from an eating disorder.
The decision by Cheltenham Ladies’ College, whose alumnae include the actress Kristin Scott Thomas and the former home secretary Amber Rudd, comes at a time when veganism is rising in popularity among a generation eager to save the planet.
But experts say there is concern that veganism and vegetarianism are more common in girls with anorexia nervosa, the eating disorder whose sufferers starve themselves. It has the highest death rate of any mental health condition.
The college said it “does not actively encourage a vegan lifestyle”, adding: “Where girls do choose to