Even five year olds are in the throes of eating disorders

by Savitha C Muppala on  November 12, 2006 at 4:01 PM Mental Health News
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Even five year olds are in the throes of eating disorders
A survey conducted among pre-teens, under 13, has revealed that nearly hundreds of them are being diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia.

The survey showed that some children had to be admitted to the hospital for nasal feeding and in a sad case, a child succumbed to kidney failure due to acute eating disorder. The sufferers were generally around 11 years old, barring one who was a five year old boy.

Steve Bloomfield, spokesman for the Eating Disorders Association, said, "It is obviously a matter of concern where youngsters are being affected by these problems.But it is very hard to know what is behind this. It does show the need for much more research into how and why this is happening."

Grainne Smith, of North East Eating Disorders Support Needs, said "You mostly hear about eating disorders as starting at the average age, which is about teenage to 25 years, but it can affect anyone of any age. I read recently about one woman who developed it in her 40s."

All the emphasis regarding an hour glass figure and superficial beauty has percolated to the pre-teens as well, and the recent finding is a fallout of the prevailing pressure on sporting a perfect figure.

Source: Medindia

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sexy101 Tuesday, May 12, 2009

the thing that i don't understand is why little kids that this kind of disorder and you know what just looking at these kids and knowing what they are going through right now makes me sick... I think people should feed there kids more than they do so that way there kids can be heathy when they grow up and then they can look up to other people and see what they went through when they were little and when they have kids they can say hey when i was your age i have thins kids of disorder and there kids might ask what happened.

guest Monday, October 6, 2008

young children around the age of five should be incouraged to eat as much as they like and not get called fat. some children have eating problems how do we come around the fact. what should we do to prevent a child from stopping eating they should eat more

guest Tuesday, December 5, 2006

I just wish that kids would eat. none of them do anymore. that makes them look anorexic and that's not cool.

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