Stuff.co 29 July 2013
More boys are developing eating disorders, and children as young as 9 are being admitted to hospital with anorexia.
The increasing pressure on children and teens to be a certain shape and size had contributed to a rising number of young people battling eating disorders, Wellington Hospital adolescent physician Anganette Hall said.
On top of striving to look like skinny celebrities on magazine covers, there was a growing fear about obesity that was impacting on relationships with food.
“What’s portrayed in the media is not reality,” Hall said. Other factors, such as bullying about weight and negative comments from others about food and weight, could also play a part.
“Some people are just genetically more likely to get an eating disorder and some because of their personality characteristics . . . perfectionist, obsessive and intelligent,” she said. “It is more common in the white middle-upper class, but we do see people from low socio-economic groups.”