Boy diagnosed with 'fear of growing up'

February 17, 2015 1:11 PM

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Boy diagnosed with 'fear of growing up'

A 14-year-old boy in Mexico had such an intense fear of growing up that he took extreme steps to hide or curb his growth, such as restricting his food intake and distorting his voice, according to a new report of his case.

The boy's phobia started when he was about 11 years old. He had learned that nutrients in food would cause him to grow — so he ate less, and lost more than 26 lbs. (about 12 kilograms), according to the report from the health workers who treated him.

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