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Adolescent Eating Disorders

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Adolescence is a period of transition, a period in which body image is an important factor to them. Having a good nutrition is crucial to support the growth of youth and to establish healthy eating habits. What people eat affects how they look, how they feel, and how they can get sick, even to the point of dying. In the period of Adolescence, Ages 11 to about 20, body image is important to them, how people see them and how they look. Many people do not know what an eating disorder is, and they do not even know what it can do to someone. Some eating disorders that can affect the physical self of a teenager are obesity, binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia nervosa. Eating disorders affect millions of teens around the world, they are most common in a culture whose focus is on weight and body image, and can affect male or females, races, and ethnic backgrounds.
Obesity is a condition of being overweight. “Among adolescents, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has risen significantly worldwide. (Bibiloni, 2013)” Overweight teenagers tend to be poorer in health than their peers. It is likely for them to have difficulty performing chores, engaging in strenuous activities or personal care. Teens that are obese are at a high risk of hypertension, and diabetes. When suffering from being obese,
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A person’s body weight varies from normal to mild, moderate, or obesity. There are characteristics of binge eating, eating faster than the usual, and eating until being so full, eating large amounts of food when not even hungry, eating alone because you feel upset, and feeling depressed or guilty after overeating. Many times people, who binge, feel misunderstood. It is not as easy as others may think to just “stop eating.” If someone is bingeing, they may overeat when they are sad, hurt, stressed, or angry. They find it comforting to eat. However, after bingeing, they will feel
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