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  Kids with eating disorders need more help
Updated 17 June 2003, 15.30
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More and more of you are having to deal with eating problems, according to the charity ChildLine.

And there's not enough help around or understanding of how they affects kids.

They get more than 1,000 calls a year from children who are worried about their weight but are too afraid to tell anyone.

More support

It's thought more than a million people in the UK have an eating disorder or problems and experts reckon the way they affect kids isn't fully understood.

Over-eating, anorexia or bulimia can be sparked off by a bad experience like bullying or a death in the family.

But often, kids with problems seem happy, are doing really well at school and there's no obvious reason.

This makes it hard for counsellors to understand problems.

ChildLine says support from friends and family can be really important in helping children with these problems.

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