Anorexia among pre-teens is 50 per cent worse than previously thought, new research by King’s College London has found.
A study found a doubling in the number of eight to 12-year-olds suffering from the condition, when compared to previous estimates.
In 2006, the incidence rate of anorexia, or an eating disorder that would now be diagnosed as anorexia, among youngsters treated in hospital or specialist clinics in the UK and Ireland was around 2.1 in 100,000.
But the latest analysis indicates that the figure for children in this age bracket is actually 3.2 in 100,000.
Dr Agnes Ayton, chairwoman of the eating disorders faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “This study shows what…