Small children die of anorexia nervosa

FreelanceCat By FreelanceCat, 1st Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Children the victims of anorexia nervosa in Great Britain

It may sound unbelieable, but it is 100% real.

Approximately 100 children, aged between 5 and 7 years old, have been hospitalized for anorexia nervosa in Great Britain, the past three years.

Approximately 2,000 children aged 5 to 15 years old have been hospitalized for eating disorders. 600 of these were less than 13 years old while 89 were aged between 5 and 7 years old and 99 were aged between 8 and 9 years old, according to numbers that 35 British hospitals made publicly known.

Furthermore, approximately 1,500 teenagers aged between 13 and 15 years old have been hospitalized for anorexia nervosa.

Earlier this year, experts made an appeal for urgent action in order to prevent eating disorders in children.

3 out of 100,000 children less that 13 years old in Great Britain, suffer from eating disorders, according to a report published in April 2011 from the UCL in London. Many of them die.

According to the report, children are severely affected by whatever images of magazines they are exposed to.

Genetics are crucial when it comes to anorexia nervosa, however the past decade, cultural pressures and beauty standards seem to increasingly affect even very young children.

On top of its anorexia nervosa problem, Great Britain also has one of the highest percentages of obesity in Europe. 24.5% of its population is considered to be obese.

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Anorexia Nervosa, Children, Eating Disorder, Eating Disorders

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5th Aug 2011 (#)

What a shocking story....it's sad to see such young children with such a problem...thanks for sharing....

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9th Aug 2011 (#)

Very interesting and shocking

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