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Child eating disorders "on rise"

New figures have revealed that around a third of hospital admissions for eating disorders involve a child.

In the 12 months to June, under-18s accounted for 882 out of 2,579 admissions to England's hospitals.

Of this total, 367 were for 10 to 14-year-olds, including 50 boys, while 31 were for children aged under 10, including 11 boys.

There were 698 admissions among girls and 49 among boys in the 15 to 19-year-old age group.

In total there was an 11% increase in the number of hospital stays among all ages, according to the NHS Information Centre.

Females aged between 10 and 24 are most often admitted for an eating disorder, with around three-quarters of these cases linked to anorexia.

Other eating disorders include bulimia and overeating.

The south west had the highest rate of hospital stays for its population for all types of eating disorders, while rates of anorexia were highest in the north east.

Stays for eating disorders lasted an average of 38 days.

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