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17 June 2011

10-year olds purge to lose weight

Children as young as ten are making themselves vomit in order to lose weight and the problem is more common in boys than girls a study has shown.

Children as young as ten are making themselves vomit in order to lose weight and the problem is more common in boys than girls, according to a study of nearly 16,000 school pupils published by the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

As many as 13% of the 8,673 girls and 7,043 boys who took part in the research admitted they made themselves sick to lose weight. But the figures were much higher in younger children, with 16% of 10-12 year-olds and 15% of 13-15 year-olds vomiting. The figures fell to 8% in 16-18 year-olds.

 
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