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Children As Young As Ten Battling Eating Disorders

by Magaly Olivero | Aug 11, 2014 9:00am
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Thousands of Connecticut adults and children – some as young as 10 – struggle with eating disorders with many suffering secretly because the life-threatening psychiatric condition has gone undiagnosed and untreated, experts in the field report.

“We used to see eating disorders start at 13 or 14. Now we frequently see 10- and 11-year olds,” said Dr. Diane Mickley, founder and director of the Wilkins Center for Eating Disorders in Greenwich, which has treated females and males for three decades. Mickley is a founder and past president of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

“We’re concerned that there are many boys and girls flying under the radar who could be struggling with eating disorders that aren’t diagnosed or treated,” said Craig Brown, a founder and chief executive officer for Center for Discovery, which since 2011 has opened two adolescent residential treatment centers in Fairfield County for youth ages 11 to 17.

“We’ve been getting calls throughout the years that have progressively involved younger and younger children.”

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posted by: Joebigjoe | August 11, 2014  11:33am

OMG why do you think that is?

I totally agree with their findings. This is clearly the result of the breakdown of the family, the breakdown of sit down family meals that most families rarely have compared to years before, and the inability of young children to handle this liberal agenda of adult level concerns that they are bombarded with all day long.

I say liberal agenda but I also blame Conservatives as well because we complain about the filth on TV and in the media (sex , drugs, etc) and blame liberals but we watch it as well and bring it into our homes rather than go to war with the people that create it. I watch reruns of Two and a Half Men at 7PM many nights with my 13 year old in the same room, so shame on me, but when I hear things come off the TV that are shocking I get mad at the local station and then look at myself and get mad for having it on.

If I said we should only allow that on after 10PM at night people would scream that its our First Amendment right to put it on when we want. Funny how people pick and choose the amendments they like that don’t inconvenience them.