£250,000 is being given by the Welsh Government to support youngsters with eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa.
The money follows a long campaign for a dedicated unit. It will go to re-shape services, allowing more youngsters to be treated in Wales - rather than having to travel to England. Hannah Thomas reports.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford AM says the £250,000 funding will be used to 'reengineer' existing services in south Wales and improve outreach services. He told ITV News lessons will be learned from how the money is spent in south Wales to improve services in north Wales.
The Welsh Government says it has a "duty" to protect the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people - and funding services for eating disorders will allow more of them to stay in Wales for treatment.
£250,000 funding is to be given to help improve specialist services in South Wales for children and young people with eating disorders.
The funding, announced by health minister Mark Drakeford is to ensure Health Boards are able to provide new specialist expertise to work with young people and their families, and improve training and skills of existing staff.
Figures estimate around 56,000 people in Wales have some form of eating disorder.
There are currently no eating disorder clinics in Wales. Earlier this year, there were fresh calls for Wales to have a special in-patient medical unit to deal with the most severe cases.
The National Assembly's petitions committee will tomorrow consider the need for specialist eating disorder centres in Wales.
There are fresh calls for a special, in-patient, medical unit to be created to treat people with eating disorders in Wales.
Figures estimate that 56,000 people here suffer with eating issues.
Our Correspondent Richard Morgan reports.
Keira Marlow, 21 and from Brecon, had anorexia for four years.
She had to travel to England for treatment, and said: "it is quite hard to be so far away from home, and the travelling back and forth all the time is a lot to take on as well as trying to recover."
"If [a specialist unit] was actually built in Wales, it would be much easier for Welsh sufferers."
The Welsh Government say they are committed to providing care and support to people in need of treatment and they are reviewing the current services.
21-year-old Keira Marlow from Brecon suffered with anorexia for four years. She was treated by various different services, including a general psychiatric hospital in Wales. She was eventually sent to a specialist eating disorder hospital in Marlborough and then began to recover.
The chair of the Assembly group on eating disorders is calling on the Welsh Government to provide more support for sufferers. Bethan Jenkins AM says Wales needs a specially-dedicated unit.