80% rise in anorexia admissions

The number of young girls being admitted to hospital suffering from anorexia has jumped by 80% in the last decade, according to the Liberal Democrats.

Figures revealed in a parliamentary answer show that the number of admissions had risen from 256 in 1996/97 to 462 in 2006/7.

MP Mark Hunter (Lib Dem, Cheadle) said: ‘These shocking figures show just how little the government has done to tackle the problem of eating disorders like anorexia.

‘Ministers need to make sure there is more support for anorexia sufferers and their families. We shouldn’t be waiting until these children are so weak that they need to be hospitalised before they get help.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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