Date
19 January 2017
Qiu Jiayun (inset left), diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, had been reported missing. Her family found her at Argyle Centre in Mong Kok on Wednesday. Photos: Apple Daily, Weibo, Google Maps
Qiu Jiayun (inset left), diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, had been reported missing. Her family found her at Argyle Centre in Mong Kok on Wednesday. Photos: Apple Daily, Weibo, Google Maps

Teen web celebrity suffering from anorexia returns to hospital

After disappearing for a couple of days, Qiu Jiayun (邱嘉韵), a 19-year-old model from Guangdong, has returned to a Hong Kong hospital for treatment of anorexia nervosa.

Qiu, who is 160 centimeters (5.2 feet) tall, has lost much weight since falling ill last year. She is now only 60 pounds.

A part-time commercial model, she used to run an online fashion store. Her comely looks and whistle-bait figure had attracted more than 22,000 fans on Weibo.

However, Qiu suddenly disappeared from social networking sites and stopped updating her Weibo account.

She was later found to be suffering from anorexia, an eating disorder characterized by a strong desire to get thin or fear of gaining weight.

She immigrated to Hong Kong with her family early this year and started receiving treatment at a private hospital in Happy Valley.

On Monday night, she sneaked out of the hospital and went shopping in Mong Kok.

Her family got worried and called the police. She returned on Wednesday.

Lee Sing, a professor at the Department of Psychiatry of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said patients with anorexia nervosa are usually female aged between 12 and 25.

Aside from suffering significant weight loss, they are also prone to depression, making it urgent for them to seek professional help, Lee said.

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