Home > News > Regional
Monday October 14, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday October 14, 2013 MYT 10:35:03 AM
MORE teenagers, some as young as 13, are being treated at public hospitals here for eating disorders.
Figures from the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) show that 95 youngsters aged 13 to 19 suffered from anorexia or bulimia last year, up from 65 in 2011 and 75 the year before.
“About a third of these cases needed hospitalisation,” said Dr Lee Huei Yen, director of the eating disorders programme at SGH.
The number of these young patients with eating disorders outpaces the number of adult patients, which also went up from 40 in 2008 to 70 last year. SGH said it has already seen close to 50 teenage patients as of April this year.
The number of youngsters diagnosed with eating disorders at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) over the past three years has also increased – by about a third.
At the National University Hospital, doctors have observed a 20% increase in cases involving young patients in each of the last three years.
“Based on estimation – 70% of them are brought by parents,” said Dr Rajeev Ramachandran, a consultant at the hospital’s division of general ambulatory paediatrics and adolescent medicine.
The remaining 30% are picked up by schools or are diagnosed when they experience fainting spells or hair loss. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
Tags / Keywords:
Copyright © 1995-2013 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)