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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, children didn't get to see their friends or participate in extracurricular activities, leaving them with more time home alone. There were some cases in which those children watched videos about losing weight, among other programs, and whose eating disorders escalated.

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Keisuke Kawai, a doctor who heads the Chiba Prefectural Treatment and Support Center for Eating Disorders, saying the number of consultations from children aged 10 to 19 with eating disorders jumped from 88 in fiscal 2019 to 148 in the 2020 fiscal year.

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If only Japanese TV provided suitable, engaging content for youngsters - you know, entertaining as well as educational - then fewer kids might end up going down YouTube, or TikTok rabbit holes.

This isn't only the fault of Japanese TV, but it's a good place to start.

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