Cheltenham Ladies' College gives vegan pupils blood tests amid fears it may ...

Leading private girls' school Cheltenham Ladies' College is giving vegan pupils regular blood tests amid fears the diet could trigger eating disorders Experts are concerned veganism is more common in girls with anorexia nervosa  The college said it 'does not actively encourage a vegan lifestyle' for pupils  It offers pupils options including vegetarian but has never offered vegan menu 

By Nicole Conner For Mailonline

Published: 12:35 BST, 4 October 2020 | Updated: 12:45 BST, 4 October 2020

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A private girls' school is giving pupils regular blood tests if they decide to become vegan as diet experts warn it can be linked to eating disorders.  

Cheltenham Ladies' College have made the decision after a rising number of students have chosen to go vegan.

But experts are concerned that veganism and vegetarianism are more common in girls with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. 

Cheltenham Ladies' College (pictured) have made the decision after a rising number of students have chosen to go vegan

Cheltenham Ladies' College (pictured) have made the decision after a rising number of students have chosen to go vegan

It has the highest death rate of any mental health condition reports The Times. 

The college said it 'does not actively encourage a vegan lifestyle' and they 'offer medical support' to ensure girls' diets are 'providing them with all their nutritional requirements'.   

Girls at the school's 10 boarding houses are offered a range of dishes including  vegetarian, gluten-free, halal meals and options for allergy sufferers. 

The school, which charges £38,000 a year for

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