Appearing in the femail magazine section of the newspaper, and headlined The anorexia clinic for girls as young as SIX, the article is described as "A haunting dispatch from inside the hospital that saves children from starving themselves to death...before they’ve even reached their teens."
Two former patients, Megan (aged 13) and Alice (17) and their parents tell their stories of fighting anorexia, and the importance of Rhodes Farm in treating and beating the condition.
Martin Davies, of Care UK’s Eating Disorder Services, also explains some of the reasons why more and more children under the age of ten could now be developing eating disorders.
Opened in 1991, Rhodes Farm became the first unit in the UK dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders in children. Although staff there usually care for patients aged eight to 18, children as young as six years old have been referred to and admitted to the clinic.
There they experience a nurturing and homely environment where they are able to re-establish normal eating patterns and return to a healthy weight whilst receiving a range of therapies. The programme is structured and goal based, yet tailored to meet the needs of each individual child or adolescent with eating disorders. A dedicated team of staff works closely with parents and other family members, as well as referring bodies, to provide a seamless transition back into the community and family homes, and a stay at Rhodes Farm is the first step in a comprehensive pathway of treatment, recovery and support.
You can read the whole article on the Daily Mail website