Results of the study revealed that 53 per cent of sufferer’s first developed a problem with food aged ten or under and 29 per cent said they were 11 to 15 when their anorexia began.
Mary George, a spokesperson for eating disorder charity Beat, has said though the results are distressing they are not surprising as we are now finding the people being treated for anorexia are getting younger and younger.
Beat also conducted their own survey looking at the average age of anorexia development and found that it was just 12 years old.
In addition to this they found that most individuals blamed their condition on family issues such as parents divorcing or the loss of a loved one and not on media imagery.
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