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Anorexia Victims Are Getting Younger And Younger

Children from 5 to 15 years old are increasingly being diagnosed with the eating disorder. It can be difficult to detect by parents who can't believe their young child could suffer from a disease that is still largely caused by social pressures.

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PARIS - Anorexia is typically considered a disease that afflicts adolescents and young adults. But more and more younger children in Western countries are now thought to be suffering from the disease, according to recent studies and experts of a phenomenon that has only recently been monitored closely.

A recent study published by British National Health Service (NHS) reported that some 100 kids from age 5 to 7 were hospitalized in the UK for severe anorexia over the past year. Some 100 other children aged 8 to 9 years-old suffer from the same plight. Overall, among the 2,000 young British from 5 to 15 years old were admitted to hospital for this eating disorder including nearly 600 under the age of 13. The phenomenon has largely been underestimated, and some health care facilities have refused to share their data on the young patients.

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