In the news: Eating disorders soaring amid warnings over impact of social media

Eating disorders are soaring with almost 20,000 people a year being admitted to NHS hospitals, amid concern that social media is fuelling a growing crisis.

Children below the age of nine are among those being sent for in-patient treatment, the official figures show, with a sharp rise also seen among among pre-teens.

Experts warned that social media is driving a rise in such disorders, with the proliferation of deadly forums promoting anorexia, and messages advocating “clean eating” and the pursuit of the perfect body.

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