Rate of Eating Disorders in Kids on the Rise
Although it seems like society has gotten away from latching on to stick thin images of women as the ideal prototype, eating disorders are still rising. The rates have risen steadily in children and teens. Here’s the kicker…Anorexia and Bulimia have been showing up more often in boys and minorities.
Health Day News reported:
“In one startling statistic cited in the report, an analysis by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that hospitalizations for eating disorders jumped by 119 percent between 1999 and 2006 for kids younger than 12.
At the same time as severe cases of anorexia and bulimia have risen, so too have “partial-syndrome” eating disorders — young people who have some, but not all, of the symptoms of an eating disorder. Athletes, including gymnasts and wrestlers, and performers, including dancers and models, may be particularly at risk, according to the report.”
The author of the report, Dr. David Rosen, said “We are seeing a lot more eating disorders than we used to and we are seeing it in people we didn’t associate with eating disorders in the past — a lot of boys, little kids, people of color and those with lower socioeconomic backgrounds.”
Right now, if you google ‘eating disorder’ the image of a young white female will appear more than a few times. Dr. Rosen said this is because, “The stereotype is of an affluent white girl of a certain age.” Despite the stereotype though minorities and boys are suffering.
One would think the rates of eating disorders have declined in the recent past rather than inclined, but studies prove us wrong.
Simultaneously, the rates of obesity are getting higher. Harvard experts revealed that obesity will most likely hit 42 percent of American by 2050.
Exercise and healthy eating habits need to be encouraged, now more than ever.
It won’t always be obvious that some has an eating disorder because it’s not easy to see the signs of overeating, vomiting, laxatives or diet pills. However, it’s important to take notice, for the sake of the children and their wellbeing.