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Rise of Anorexia in young people

 

ISSUE 3 JAN 2013
The recent 16% leap in hospital admissions due to eating disorders has raised a real concern among experts. This rate indicates a double increase in the rate of eating disorders especially in young adults and children. The UK Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) recently announced that in the year up June 2012 there were 2900 hospital admissions of adults and children with eating disorders of whom at least three quarters were suffering
from Anorexia Nervosa. More than 90% of patients were women, half of whom were aged between 10-19. One in every 10 admissions has been of a 15 year-old girl. Anorexia is not a very old disease; it was first described by the English physician, Richard Morton in 1689,
and named Anorexia Nervosa by Sir William Gull in 1868. However it was not until the late 19th century that it was widely accepted by the physicians as a recognised disease. The death of the American singer Karen Carpenter in 1983 at the age of 32 due to heart failure as a consequence of anorexia brought this deadly disease to worldwide media and public attention.
There is no simple direct cause of anorexia. It is a complex disorder, arising from combinations of social, emotional and biological problems. In short Anorexia Nervosa is a psychiatric condition described as the fear of weight gain characterised by low body weight, inappropriate eating habits and obsession with having a particularly thin figure. These patients usually have a distorted self-image that alters their personal evaluation of body and eating habits......
BY Dr Laleh Lohrasbi
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