Posted by: Indonesian Children | August 27, 2009

Eating disorder on rise in boys

BOYS as young as nine are suffering anorexia nervosa as the number of child eating disorder cases climbs in Queensland.

Anorexia nervosa is traditionally considered an issue for girls and young women, but Queensland professor of child and adolescent psychiatry Brett McDermott said there was a definite increase in boys suffering from the condition.

“There is more anorexia in boys than 10 or 20 years ago and the rate has probably changed from about one in 20 (victims) to about one in eight,” he said.

“And the younger you get, the smaller the gap between the incidence of boys and girls.”

According to the Butterfly Foundation, which supports eating disorder victims nationwide, one in four anorexia sufferers aged under 14 are now boys.

 

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