- NHS figures show 55.8% of children aged 11 to 16 faced shutdowns
- But 70 percent of people aged 17 to 23 suffered mental health problems
- Lockdown measures have served raw deal to children and youth
A major NHS study warns that up to half of older teens could be suffering from an eating disorder.
Data from the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Survey, published by the NHS, shows that the number of children aged 11 to 17 with an eating problem has nearly doubled since 2017.
The research also found that one in six children in England now has a mental health problem, an increase from one in nine in 2017.
Nearly one in six older teens was suspected of having an eating disorder, which can include anorexia and bulimia in extreme cases.
Meanwhile, about 76 percent of girls aged 17 to 19 were found to have a ‘potential eating problem’ – up from 61 percent four years ago.
Among boys of the same age, this figure was 41 percent.
Professor Tamsin Ford, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Cambridge, stressed that the number of children reporting difficulties with eating was not the same as those diagnosed with eating disorders, adding that it was not yet possible to know the reason for the sharp increase. .
‘It’s certainly concerning, I think the exact level is particularly concerning in older teens, but it’s probably not surprising that it’s not an eating disorder, it’s the difficulties surrounding eating,’ she said. .
The graph above shows the percentage of children and youth who said their mental health was affected by the lockdown
‘Of course, anxiety about your body and body image in teens is known to be a high-risk period, so I think the absolute level is surprising, but no one has ever measured it before.
‘It’s an escalation, it should be concerning and it needs more clarification and more study.
‘When we have a more complete assessment and with all the background data we also have on all these children and young people their social media use…
The report estimated that 17.4 percent of children aged six to 16 now had a ‘probable’ mental disorder, compared to 11.6 percent, or one in nine, in 2017.
The study found that the COVID pandemic exacerbated mental health distress among young people, with two-thirds of children saying their lives were worse in lockdown.
Among older adolescents, the prevalence of overall mental health issues has increased from one in 10 to one in six, according to a survey of more than 3,600 youth.
Two-thirds of under-16s claimed the lockdown had made their lives worse, blaming social isolation and school closures
Professor Dame Till Wykes, a clinical psychologist at King’s College London, said ‘the epidemic may have accelerated’.
She told MailOnline: ‘But it seems to be part of the long-term progress and recognition of mental health difficulties in youth.’
England has faced three COVID lockdowns since March 2020, forcing the entire country to stay at home and schools and universities online.
There were many other restrictions that placed limits on social groups.
Primary school children living in the most disadvantaged areas of England are almost twice as likely to be ‘younger’
One study found that the number of children in the most disadvantaged areas of England is almost twice that of children in affluent neighborhoods.
Researchers from Queen Mary University London examined the heights of seven million four- and five-year-olds across the country.
More than 2.6 percent of youth are underrepresented in the poorest areas, compared to just 1.4 percent in the wealthiest areas.
He warned that people in the poorest parts of the country are “failing to reach their full development potential” at a critical time in their development.
Children of reception age had an average height of three-and-a-half feet (109.6 cm) across different ages and genders, but the researchers did not specify exactly how much height was too short because of the complex algorithms they used.
There are ‘striking’ differences based on how wealthy the youth lived in an area and a ‘clear north-south divide’ in the prevalence of young children.
Yorkshire and the Humber, the North West and the North East had the highest rates of young children, while London, the South East and the South West had the lowest figures.
The researchers said further studies are needed to find out why children in poorer areas tend to be smaller, but higher infection rates, pollution, poor diet and vitamin D deficiency may be factors.
The two-year students of GCSE and A level noticed that their examinations were getting hampered, causing trouble for many to get a place in the university.
Professor Vicks said he would have been more surprised if the mental health of children had not been affected during the pandemic.
She said: ‘Most people have encountered ‘a little’ and it would have been a surprise to all of us if they hadn’t said so.
‘We wanted to mingle with friends, see work colleagues in person and generally have a better and more casual approach to work…’
‘What we need to do now is to focus on the people who were most severely affected, about one in six children and young people.
‘Those who had a possible mental health disorder in this research were more likely to drop out of school.
‘We already know that mental health problems impair academic achievement and career prospects, so we need to identify those who need help now to prevent these future adverse outcomes.’
The report found that boys between the ages of six and 10 were more likely to have a possible mental disorder (21.9 percent) than girls (12 percent).
Among 17- to 23-year-olds, this pattern was reversed, with a higher rate in young women (23.5 percent) than in younger men (10.7 percent).
Mixed caste people…