Kids with eating disorders shock

A stethoscope.
A stethoscope.

CHILDREN in the Dearne as young as eight are being sent for treatment for eating disorders, new figures have revealed.

More than 40 under 16s have been referred to specialists to be treated for anorexia nervosa since 2008. The figures also show that two eight-year-old boys were referred for specialist treatment to the children and young persons’ mental health services run by the Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).

The disorder is more often seen in girls and they make up most of the 42 patients treated over the three-year period. The figures highlight the growing pressures on children to be skinny, particularly due to the influence of celebrities.

The figures are for children across the areas where RDaSH operates.