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The number of kids aged 10-14 in treatment for eating disorders has doubled in only a few years. Credit: JONAS EKSTRÖMER / TT

Eating disorders among the young rising

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Eating disorders are increasing among children in Sweden. The number of 10-14-year-olds who are in treatment for eating disorders has more than doubled in six years.

Statistics from the National Board of Health and Welfare show that in 2011 there were 364 children in treatment for eating disorders. Last year, there were 760.

Radio Sweden spoke to Anne-Line Solberg who is the head of the anorexia-bulimia clinic at Queen Silvia's children and youth hospital in Gothenburg. She has seen the increase and they have had children as young as ten coming to them for help.

"The eating disorder, or this way of controlling your eating and exercising and so on can be a way to get a control over your life," says Solberg.

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