Anorexia Rates Soar in Girls Aged 8

by Rajashri on  May 25, 2009 at 9:04 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
 Anorexia Rates Soar in Girls Aged 8
The Liberal Democrats have uncovered via questions in the House of Commons that the rates of anorexia in girls aged 8 have soared by 25% in the last 5 years.

Last year some 44 girls aged 8-9 years were admitted to the hospitals as opposed to 35 in the previous years.

"This is a tragic indictment of the Government's failure to tackle eating disorders. Access to support services is dreadfully inadequate in many parts of the country," said Lib Dem health spokesman Norman Lamb. "Children shouldn't be getting to the stage where they are so ill they need to be hospitalised before they get help."

The fear is that the girls may be trying to copy celebs who are skinny, but in the process these girls may harm their health.

Source: Medindia

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Yeah, the US has a huge problem with this too. Unfortunately our stupid healthcare system chooses to ignore the problem by either refusing funding for enough treatment or refusing treatment for eating disorders entirely. They also allow the media to proliferate billions of ad campaigns that have unhealthy body images of celebrities (which are ALWAYS airbrushed, I must add), diet scams, and other products that are designed to make people feel bad about themselves so they'll want to buy more products to "fix" themselves. It will be a miracle if we can ever stop these practices! I would love to see a world where we are all taught to love and appreciate ourselves and our body size differences.
sunnyleo820 Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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