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11-15 Boys Have Eating Disorders Too. Doctors Think Social Media Is Making It Worse

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Eating disorders are on the rise among boys, say doctors, who think images and videos on social media are a factor.

Pediatric wards are seeing more eating-disorder cases overall, with boys making up an increasing share of patients. Cases with boys are often more severe than with girls, the doctors say, because boys’ disorders often go unnoticed until they are far along, and because eating disorders are largely believed to mostly affect young women.

In some cases, slimmer boys are bulking up to gain muscle mass. In others, bigger boys are slimming down to look more toned or to improve athletic performance. Boys who work out often receive praise in person and on their social-media.

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