Children Eating Disorder: Anorexia Starts as Early as Ten? At the age of ten or under, most anorexia sufferers develop their eating disorder, a leading charity for eating disorder found in their online survey.
Out of the 250 sufferers who took the online quiz on the website of Overeaters Anonymous GB, 53% said they were 10 years old or under when their eating disorder began. Only 29% said they were 11 to 15 years old when the disorder started.
The survey also found that more than half of the sufferers blame their condition on family traumas like divorce among their parents and death of their loved ones. Three percent admitted they were influenced by their skinny celebrity idols.
Overeaters Anonymous GB spokesperson Mary George said people who are treated for anorexia are getting younger and younger nowadays.
She shared that there is even a case wherein a six year-old kid is showing signs of the illness. According to her, the result of their study is surprising.
Anorexia nervosa is a serious health condition whereby people who think they’re not thin enough skip and reduce their meals to maintain low weight.
However, they usually end up extremely underweight. One in every 200 women in the UK is reported to be anorexia sufferers. Five per cent of the sufferers are expected to die with this disorder.