Girls fasting, vomiting to shed puppy fat

Herald Sun (Aust) November 06, 2007
GIRLS as young as 12 are resorting to dangerous tactics like fasting and vomiting to try to shed their puppy fat, new research has revealed. A study of 8000 children and teenagers has found almost one in five girls – 17 per cent – aged 12 and 13 have used at least one radical weight control technique. Fasting was most common, practised by 12 per cent of these girls, followed by vomiting, excessive exercising and chewing but not swallowing food. But even more concerning, says dietician and health educator Dr Jenny O’Dea, was the sharp rise in girls adopting these habits at 14 and 15, when their bodies were naturally “rounding out”. She said the results, to be presented at an eating disorders conference in Adelaide tomorrow, were proof girls should be taught about puberty and body image from the age of nine, while still at primary school….Smoking to control weight also increased sharply at this point, and doubled to 13 per cent among girls 16 and over. Fasting was the only significant issue among boys, affecting 5 per cent across all age groups.,21985,22712880-662,00.html