22% rise in Childline counselling sessions about eating disorders since 2016/17
In 2017/18 Childline carried out over 5,900 counselling sessions with young people about eating disorders.1
9 in 10 counselling sessions were with girls, including 148 sessions with girls aged 10-11. And a third of young people said they experienced a negative or distorted body image.2
The rise comes after the NSPCC's warnings about pressure on the child mental health system, and how thousands of young people are left without support.