The Telegraph: Tripling in the number of children treated for eating disorders

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Laura Donnelly - The Telegraph - 01 Dec 2013

The number of pre-teen children treated in hospital for eating disorders has tripled in four years, according to NHS figures, amid warnings that units are turning dangerously-ill cases away because they are "not thin enough".

Experts said increasing numbers of children were struggling to cope with a celebrity culture which sexualises childhood, glorifies size zero figures, and bombards them with images of unrealistically slim models.

Official statistics show more than 6,500 children and teenagers treated in hospital in 2010/11 for conditions such as anorexia, compared with 1,718, in 2007/8.

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