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  Fifth of kids have friend with eating disorder
Updated 22 September 2003, 10.27
20% of kids know someone with an eating disorder
Nearly a fifth of 10 to 15-year-olds know another young person who has suffered from an eating disorder, a Newsround survey has found.

The survey and its shocking results kick off a series of special Newsround features to mark Body Image Week.

The survey also showed that a quarter of kids were worried about their weight, with 14% of them saying they had been on a diet.

60% of kids tuck in to whatever they fancy

Most kids were aware that it was important to have a balanced diet, but nearly two thirds of them still said they tucked in to whatever they fancied.

It seems that girls are particularly conscious of their body image.

Around two fifths of them said they would like to be thinner, with a fifth of them admitting to feeling under pressure to be slim.

One girl said: "When you become a teenager, you're developing more, you're getting spots and you're feeling a bit iffy about your weight."

Sports heroes

Boys were more relaxed about their appearance - and less bothered about what their mates thought.

"I'm my own person and I have my own style and that's it really," said one lad.

And while girls said their style was influenced by pop stars and magazines, boys were more likely to copy their sports heroes.

On the positive side, only 2% of the kids questioned said they had suffered from an eating disorder.

And nearly two thirds of them said they were happy with their look.

Tune in to Newsround at 5.20pm on BBC One for more reports on body image

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