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Record number of children hospitalised for eating disorders.

July 15, 2019 / Anna Smith

Public Health England has reported that hospital admissions for eating disorders in girls aged just 10 years old have increased by 146% since 2013/14, with a total of 2,196 hospital admissions for eating disorder of children and young people aged 10 to 24 years in 2017/18. The report also states that an overwhelming 91% of these were of girls, and 1,326 of them were girls aged 13 to 17 years. The report states that although bulimia is more common among children and young people, it is anorexia which accounts for the larger proportion of hospital admissions, fuelling concern from leading addiction treatment experts at UKAT. Experts such as Nuno Albuquerque, the group’s treatment lead, are warning that “social media and celebrity idolisation has a lot to do with the rise”, suggesting that eating disorders stem from body image issues, but that there’s also a “much deeper societal issue with children experiencing the deficit of attachment from parents.” ...