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The Canadian Institute for Health Information has reported a 42 percent increase in eating disorders among girls aged 10-19 years over the past two years. The eating disorder rate has remained relatively steady in Canada until these new two year spike, authorities say.
In fiscal 2012-2013, the national rate of teenage eating disorder hospitalizations was about 56.93 per 100,000 compared to 40.7 per 100,000 in 2010-11. One in three emergency room visits regarding eating disorders in Canada results in hospitalization, indicating that the severity is also on the rise.
Further analysis is required to know the reasons behind the sharp rise, say experts, but speculation is that it's related to a combination of factors such as the recent rise in mental illness rates, social media pressure, and the number of websites that now show eating disorders as possible diet options.
The findings from the CIHI are:
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