An exam board has said that students can complain if they felt “triggered” by a calorie-counting question. Pupils protested that a maths GCSE question about how many calories a woman had consumed for breakfast was distressing for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder. One student, a recovering anorexic, told how she was so upset by the question that she had to leave the exam hall in a panic. The question said: “There are 84 calories in 100g of banana. There are 87 calories in 100g of yogurt. Priti has 60g of banana and 150g of yogurt for breakfast. Work out the total number of calories in this breakfast”. Following the concerns, Pearson, which owns the exam board EdExcel, carried out a review of the question and found it to be valid. A spokesman for Pearson said that any student “who thinks that this question may have impacted their performance” should make contact via their school. Poppy-Willow Kent, a student from Colchester, wrote on Twitter: “I am sorry, but can I ask what on earth you were thinking by having a question around counting calories? "Your exams are primarily taken by 15-20 year olds, who are also the age group most likely to suffer from eating disorder.” A 16-year-old student from Hampshire added: “The weighing food and calorie question on the paper today triggered me so much. Hopefully it didn’t upset anyone else who suffers. "It just bought back so many bad memories for me that I was about to cry. Do they know about the crisis or I’m being over sensitive?” Meanwhile, Isobel Colclough, 16, from Stoke-on-Trent, explained how the question left her in a "panic" and she had to leave the exam hall. "I read the question and it bought back so many memories of counting calories, it put me into a panic where I had to leave the room for about five minutes and a teaching assistant calmed me down," she said. "Then the teaching assistant persuaded me to go back into the room and I did manage to finish the exam but it stayed on my mind for quite a while after. For someone who has in the past been obsessed with counting calories, it definitely triggered memories of counting everything." Miss Colclough, who used to be anorexic, said she is considering making a formal complaint about the question. It is the latest exam question to have sparked debate this summer.