Eating Disorders on the Rise in Children

I just read this article that I would like to share with you. In this time of increasing obesity, much work has been done, especially in the USA, to spread awareness of the health-hazards connected with obesity. The message that kids are picking up is; “Fat is ugly, fat is bad” and this has created an ever-increasing wave of eating disorders among children under 12 years of age.

It takes information and knowledge to change the “obesity-habits” (i.e; nutrition and exercise) and not all people have enough awareness to be able to implement such changes, and the message gets screwed up, instead of “eat better” the message becomes “eat less”.

Here is a paragraph from the article:

“Overall, it is estimated that about 0.5% of adolescent girls in the United States have anorexia nervosa, that about 1% to 2% meet diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa, and that up to 5% to 10% of all cases of eating disorders occur in boys.”

Eating Disorders on the Rise in Children.

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2 responses to “Eating Disorders on the Rise in Children

  1. Thank you for sharing and showing that I am not the only one who is concerned on the issue of eating disorders among children. However, it is becoming prevalent among children under 10 and it is rising (according to what I hear or see from British news recently). Since we educate teens about eating disorders, it is time parents and medical experts need to not only discuss about the prevalence of eating disorders among kid under 12 but also educate their children about it as well as tackling the issue of negative body image among children.

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