Australian teens as young as 14 vomiting, taking laxatives to stay thin

SBS News reports:

Australian teenagers as young as 14 are taking extreme measures including vomiting or taking laxatives to control their weight.

Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Sloane Madden said the demand for youth psychiatric services was increasing at an alarming rate.

“I am busier than I have ever been, certainly particularly young age we’re seeing people presenting with very serious eating disorders at a much younger age,” Dr Sloane said.

He blamed social media and an obsession with self-image as the cause of these worrying trends.

“There are a number of factors, certainly exposure to images of people who are thin and promotion of those images as being desirable and equated with success are everywhere you look,” Dr Sloane said.


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