This is as shocking as it is horrifying.
Although quite a bit of focus has been put on the issue of obesity in children, a new study revealed that the incidence of anorexia and bulimia in kids has increased dramatically in the past ten years!
According to the Pediatrics journal, eating disorder hospitalizations for children under 12 went up 119% from 1999-2006, which many think may be attributed to the fact that pediatricians themselves may be influencing it - because they're attempting to dissuade youth from the obesity problem, who in turn become obsessed themselves!
If there's even the smallest silver lining, it's that kids have have a higher treatment success rate than adults.
Still! It makes us sick to think that this is such an issue in this country!
It's so important to promote a healthy lifestyle in children, and make them realize that they are beautiful, regardless of size.
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