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Fear of obesity causing eating disorders

Childhood obesity is causing great concern among doctors in the UK, however, the Times reports that the "fear of obesity" is also growing at an alarming rate.

There is no doubt that obesity is a serious health issue. The 2006-2007 National Child Measurement Programme found that 22.9 per cent of children aged four to five were overweight or obese. This percentage jumped to 31.6 per cent among ten and 11 year olds.

However, this trend is triggering other health problems. An Ofsted survey revealed last week that a quarter of boys aged ten and a third of girls in the same age group were vexed about their body image.

In more extreme cases this has lead to some developing an eating disorder brought on by the fear of becoming obese, known in the medical world as baryphobia.

According to the NHS obesity can be treated by consuming a calorie-controlled nutritious and balanced diet, coupled with regular exercise.

Obesity treatments such as gastric band surgery are also an option as a last resort.

Gastric band surgery has recently become available on the NHS to teenagers in Scotland.

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