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Eating Disorders Rising in Younger & Younger Children | Care2 Causes

Eating Disorders Rising in Younger & Younger Children | Care2 Causes

In the US, where 17 percent of children aged 2 – 19 are overweight (according to statistics from the Center for Disease and Control ) and people talk of an epidemic of obesity, more and more young children are being diagnosed with eating disorders. A similar trend is occurring in the UK: The Guardian reports that, out of 2000 children hospitalized for eating disorders in the past three years, about 600 — almost a third — were under the age of 13, with 197 aged between five and nine years old. It’s further evidence that eating disorders are no longer a disease striking teenage- and college-age white women, but affect younger children as well as males and people of color. A 2010 report in Pediatrics , the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics , found that hospitalizations for eating disorders in prepubertal children younger than 12 increased 119 percent between 1999 ...

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