A quarter of children under 10 diet because they think they are overweight and face bullying taunts, shocking survey finds Two-thirds of under-10s weigh themselvesOne in four under-18s have visited an anorexia website

Some 28 per cent have been bullied because of their weight

Some 28 per cent have been bullied because of their weight

Almost a quarter of children under 10 consider themselves overweight, according to a new survey.

Some 28 per cent have been bullied because of their weight while 26 per cent have skipped a meal in the hope of losing pounds.

The poll of 1,500 young people aged seven to 18 also found that more than 40 per cent of under 10s worry about their weight and almost a quarter have been on a diet in the past year.

Two thirds of this age group admit to weighing themselves, with 37 per cent doing so regularly.

Meanwhile 38 per cent say they are influenced by a ‘diet obsessed society’.

The findings are just as stark for youngsters aged 11 to 13, with 61 per cent saying they worry about their weight and 45 per cent admitting they have been on a diet.

Some 77 per cent of this age group weigh themselves, with half doing so regularly.

Nearly half (44 per cent) have been the victim of bullying over their size.

Obesity is a problem among Britain’s young – according to the NHS one in six boys and one in seven girls in England were obese in 2008.

However, the latest survey suggests that many children are turning to extreme measures to tackle their weight rather than eat a healthy diet and take regular exercise.

Of all the age groups, one in seven say they are on a constant diet, while more than a quarter have visited anorexia websites.

More than half also said they had heard of people making themselves sick after eating and 16 per cent think laxatives help weight loss.

More than half of girls surveyed said they want to be a size 10 or smaller when they are older.

The survey was commissioned for the programme Dying To Be Thin: Tonight, which will be aired on ITV1 this evening at 7.30pm.

It was carried out by Onepoll and Youngpoll, which are online survey companies.

Exercise and healthy eating tips for families can be viewed at the Change4Life website