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Teachers 'buy food for poor pupils'

Children are skipping school dinners because their parents can no longer afford to buy them. Two out of three teachers say they have had to either give their pupils food or buy them a meal to stop them going hungry, according to a survey from the Children's Society.

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I suffered from anorexia from around 12 or 13, and then from bulimia from the age of 17. But I began looking at pro-ana sites at the age of about 11.

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The Hunger Angel, By Herta Müller, trans. Philip Boehm

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Brian Conley was 'exhausted and malnourished' before I'm A Celebrity exit

Funnyman Brian Conley revealed today he was forced to quit I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! after suffering from the effects of malnutrition and exhaustion.

Reckitt buys US company in Kapoor's first big deal

Reckitt Benckiser yesterday added US vitamins company Schiff to its existing bathroom cupboard of products including Gaviscon and Strepsils, with a $1.4bn (£877.7m) deal which marks the first major acquisition for its new chief executive, Rakesh Kapoor.

Market Report: Melrose dips as momentum slows

Engineering firms topped and tailed the benchmark index yesterday. There was a contrast in fortunes for IMI and Melrose.

Reckitt outbids Bayer

Reckitt Benckiser has made a $1.4bn (£881m) bid to add a US vitamins company to its shelves – beating Germany's pharmaceuticals firm Bayer's agreed deal and potentially igniting a huge bidding war.

Nick Compton (left) will follow grandfather Denis when he faces India in the First Test on Thursday

Compton can live up to his famous name, says Chris Cowdrey

The former England cricket captain Chris Cowdrey has urged Nick Compton to take his international chance with both hands and ignore the pressure that comes with having one of the sport's most famous surnames.

How To Be Beautiful: Be free of frizz

It's usually around this time of year that you are forced to face up to the state of your hair. Damp days provide perfect conditions for the worst hair days possible, when every broken, flyaway strand decides to make its presence visible and they create, en masse, a look that might be described romantically as "cloudy", but is really just hideously frizzy.

World Vegan Month: Want to be a winner on and off the field? Go vegan

A vegan diet can provide all the nutrients you need - why make animals suffer for a moment of taste?

Album: Neil Halstead, Palindrome Hunches (Sonic Cathedral)

What's a singer-songwriter to do when his perceived golden days are over? For the former leader of Slowdive and Mojave 3 it's to keep on keeping on while producing an ever-more dignified and impressive catalogue of solo albums.

Mission impossible: How do you stop squirrels eating all your bird food?

I'm starting to question whether the words "bird feeder" and "squirrel-proof" should ever appear in the same sentence. I mean, I don't want to involve trading standards, but on the other hand, wouldn't it be more accurate if somewhere in there, you came across the word "relatively"?

Mackerel, sardines and pollock: Currently the sixth, seventh and eighth most popular fish by volume in the UK, they are relatively plentiful and, in the case of mackerel and sardine, rich in fish oils

Fish oil supplements won't keep the doctor away, finds new research

Eating two portions of oily fish a week could help ward off a stroke, research suggests.

Lisa Markwell: Food labels made simple: if you can't say it, don't eat it

In the same way that the only honest weight-loss advice should be eat less, move more, the only honest way to label food would be good for you, OK and bad for you. Instead, as we know from yesterday's announcement of a voluntary labelling system to be introduced into supermarkets next year, we will have high, medium and low. This replaces the nebulous "traffic lights" of red, amber and green that many retailers have been using.

One in ten people in Ireland 'at risk of food poverty'

One in ten people in Ireland are too poor to afford a properly balanced diet, a study has shown.

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