Saturday 24 March 2018

Growing number of children suffer from eating disorders

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

A growing number of pre-teens are suffering from anorexia. A new study has found that eating disorders - including anorexia - are striking about three in every 100,000 children under the age of 13.

Children as young as seven were found to suffer eating disorders, with the incidence increasing as they got older.

The children in Ireland and in the UK were studied by experts from the UCL (University College London) Institute of Child Health.

Over a 14-month period, a total of 208 cases of early-onset eating disorders were confirmed, with girls accounting for 82pc.

Researchers found that 104 (50pc) of the children were admitted to hospital for treatment. All the children were followed up after a year and 73pc were found to have improved, 6pc were worse and 10pc were unchanged.

They also found that 44pc had a close family member with a history of mental illness.

Irish Independent

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