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OPINION: Helping to spot the signs of eating disorders in children

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Staying healthy is incredibly important for a child’s development and good nutrition is essential to this.

However, for numerous reasons, sometimes a child’s eating habits can change and, where there is some secrecy around this by the child, it can be hard for parents and carers to recognise this and to know the reasons why.

Our counsellors at Childline have delivered almost 5,000 counselling sessions about eating and body image disorders since April last year.

Just under half were delivered to children aged 12-15, which is a 13% increase in comparison to 2019/20 figures. Counselling sessions for young people aged 16-18 saw a 7% increase compared to the previous year and almost three quarters of counselling sessions were with girls.

In response to this, Childline has launched a summer social media campaign this week to support young people struggling with these issues. The campaign includes posting across Facebook, Instagram,........

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