Eating disorders in children are not being taken seriously enough, depriving them of vital treatment, a leading expert has told BBC Newsnight.
Professor Bryan Lask said he is seeing ever younger patients, with increasing numbers becoming ill under age 10.
His pioneering research suggests a strong genetic predisposition to anorexia, which experts say needs to be tackled through early intervention.
New figures reveal eating disorders cost the NHS £1.26bn a year in England.
Specialists have reported that cutbacks in health spending are putting pressure on specialist services, with patients becoming sicker while they wait for admission.
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