Eating disorders soar among teens – and social media is to blame

Social media blamed for the doubling in the number of youngsters seeking help for anorexia and bulimia in the last three years

“We are seeing increasing numbers of contacts about eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. These are complex issues, and the rise in contacts is unlikely to be down to any one thing.But we do know that in some cases the trigger can be abuse in childhood. We also know that the 24/7 nature of social media places huge pressures on our children and young people which in turn can lead to significant emotional issues. And society is increasingly bombarded with celebrities and airbrushed images which give an impossible view of what ‘beautiful’ is.” – Sue Minto, head of ChildLine

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