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Monday, November 14, 2011

Childrens Hospital raises Anorexia concerns


Specialists at Westmead Children’s Hospital have raised concerns that emphasising the risks of childhood obesity will cause an increase in childhood eating disorders.

Westmead Children’s Hospital has seen a significant rise in the number of children under the age of eight admitted with anorexia nervosa, and doctor’s fear things will only get worse.

Reported incidence of childhood eating disorders has tripled in the last decade alone.
Eating disorders carry the highest mortality rate of any mental illness at 15-20%, and a suicide rate 32 times higher for anorexia sufferers than the general adolescent population.

2SER’s Elizabeth Pratt spoke with Sarah Spence from the Butterfly Foundation.
...Listen to podcast here.
How can an increased emphasis on childhood obesity influence a rise in childhood eating disorders such as anorexia?

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