According to NHS figures, the number of pre-teens being treated for eating disorders has risen significantly in the last four years and units are now having to turn people away because they aren’t ‘thin enough’.
The official statistics in question show that over 6,500 children and teenagers were treated in 2010-2011 for eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, compared to 1,718 in 2007-2008.
Within these statistics it was revealed that 443 children receiving treatment were under the age of 13 – a number that has tripled over the last four years. Among this number were 79 under the age of 10 and a worrying 56 under the age of five.
Eating disorder charities believe this steep increase reflects the rising number of children struggling to deal with a combination of outside pressures such as; celebrity images, earlier puberty, obesity fears and cyber bullying.
Susan Ringwood, spokesperson from ED charity Beat, said:
“There is a toxic combination of pressures on…Read more