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Rise in child self-harm, app for binge eating and why broody mothers should tuck into a fry up

A round up of the health news headlines on Thursday 3 October

More than 22,000 children and teenagers were treated in hospital for self-harming in 2012, according to official figures which experts said showed the ‘toxic’ effects of social media and a society obsessed with body image.

The Telegraph reported that cases of self-harm treated in NHS hospitals had risen by 11% since 2011, and most worryingly the number of children aged 10 to 14 treated in hospital has risen by almost a third in the same period.

Ms Lucie Russell, the director of campaigns at the Young Minds charity, said children were living in an ‘unprecedentedly toxic climate’.

She said: ‘Cyberbullying and “sexting”, bleak employment prospects and a society obsessed with body image are creating a negative environment around children and young people.’

The Independent brings us an app developed to strike at the moment binge eating occurs, in a treatment designed to help binge eaters - a condition thought to be twice as common as bulimia.

Developed by scientists at Drexel University, the TakeControl app will track users’ individual patterns of consumption and binge eating behaviour, alerting them at times when they may be susceptible to overeating.

The Daily Mail has some advice for women trying to conceive; eat a hearty breakfast. Research found that eating a big meal in the morning rather than evening can help women with polycystic ovary syndrome to conceive.

Having the bulk of the day’s calorie intake in the morning helps to regulate insulin, testosterone and other hormones that can have an adverse effect on a woman’s chances of getting pregnant, researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found.

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