Childhood eating disorders linked to familial psychiatric illness

NEARLY one-half of children aged under 13 years with eating disorders have a family member with a psychiatric disorder, a study suggests.

The UK study, which found the incidence of eating disorders in primary school age children was around three cases per 100,000, suggested specialised services were needed for young children, the researchers said.

They analysed data reported by paediatricians and psychiatrists to two paediatric surveillance systems, finding 208 cases of eating disorders over 14 months.

Eating disorders increased with age, with an incidence ranging from 0.21 per 100,000 in children aged six to