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  Girls skip meals to be like skinny models
Updated 04 February 2003, 18.39
Loads of girls and boys think they need to lose weight and don't eat enough
A worrying number of schoolgirls are missing meals so they can be thin like fashion models and pop stars.

More than four out of 10 girls aged 14 and 15 admitted to skipping breakfast and not eating anything at all before they go to school, a report says.

And loads of girls miss lunch too, because they want to look like models on the catwalk.

Boys suffer too

This shows there's loads more girls missing meals now than there were 20 years ago, said a spokesman for the Schools Health Education Unit, which did the study.

But it's not just girls - the report also showed that more boys want to lose weight too, and often don't eat enough because of it.

Some people think head teachers of schools, particularly girls' schools, should be made to weigh pupils regularly because eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are on the rise.

The report backs up the increase. It said six out of 10 girls aged 14 and 15 want to lose weight, and a quarter of boys the same age want to aswell.

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