A new study at a Dublin hospital shows a dramatic increase in the number of boys being treated for anorexia, with data indicating that a quarter of the children being treated for the condition are male.
The study published by the Irish Medical Journal shows that the number of children being treated for the eating disorder at Temple Street Children's Hospital has increased by 130% in nine years.
One in four of those is male, with the average age of males being treated dropping to just 13 and a half.
Its also thought that some children treated for anorexia may have developed the illness after suffering mouth pain due to wearing braces.
Doctors at Temple Street found that one in three children hospitalised for the illness has had orthodontic treatment.
The authors of the study have recommended that dedicated beds to deal with anorexia be included in the new National Children's Hospital.