Children as young as 5 are being treated in hospital for severe anorexia, reports The Daily Mail. 98 children aged between five and seven have been admitted during the last three years because of eating disorders normally associated..
..with teenagers and adults. A further 99 aged eight and nine were admitted over the same period, as were almost 400 aged between ten and 12, and 1,500 between 13 and 15. Nearly 100 children aged five to seven were treating in..
..hospital for eating disorders, showing how early they can be affected by body image. The number of under-nines needing hospital treatment has doubled in the past year. Many girls idolize ultra-slim models and celebrities they see in magazines and on TV and try to slim in the hope they will look similar. Girls in particular often compare themselves to their friends and in some cases will even compete to see who can lose the most weight.
Experts warn that girls are now beginning to compare themselves with ‘size zero’ models and celebrities when they are still at primary school. Nearly half of girls aged under 14 had been on a diet, according to YMCA survey. Girls see the pictures in magazines of extremely thin women and think that is how they should be: ‘That can leave them fearful of puberty, and almost trying to stave it off.’ Nearly one in seven would consider taking slimming pills and..
one in 20 would take laxatives, according to poll of more than 800 girls. Many sufferers of eating disorders hide their problem from family and friends by pretending they have already eaten to avoid meals..
..and wearing baggy clothes to conceal their skeletal shape. Anorexia can be triggered by stressful events such as a death in the family, bullying at school or parents getting divorced.