The Liberal Democrats have uncovered via questions in the House of Commons that the rates of anorexia in girls aged 8 have soared by 25% in the last 5 years.
Last year some 44 girls aged 8-9 years were admitted to the hospitals as opposed to 35 in the previous years.
"This is a tragic indictment of the Government's failure to tackle eating disorders. Access to support services is dreadfully inadequate in many parts of the country," said Lib Dem health spokesman Norman Lamb. "Children shouldn't be getting to the stage where they are so ill they need to be hospitalised before they get help."
The fear is that the girls may be trying to copy celebs who are skinny, but in the process these girls may harm their health.