Teenage girls are regularly skipping up to two meals a day because they think they are overweight, according to a new UK survey examining children's lives.
One in 10 girls aged 14 and 15 often go without both breakfast and lunch, the poll found.
A quarter (26 per cent) of them frequently skip breakfast and 22 per cent routinely pass on lunch.
The survey, by the UK Schools Health Education Unit, also found that most teenage girls believe they are overweight, even when they are not.
Even among younger girls, those aged 10 and 11, 40 per cent thought they needed to lose weight.
Breakfast appears to be the meal that is most often missed, despite the old adage that it is the most important meal in the day.
While 26 per cent of 14 and 15-year-old girls said they often missed it, the problem appears to start at a younger age, with 20 per cent of 12 and 13-year-olds going without, and seven per cent of 10 and 11-year-olds.