Eating Disorders Among Teens Essay

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Eating Disorders Among Teens

Eating Disorders have become a serious issue in the past twenty-five years. Many people have been diagnosed for having an eating disorder. More teens out of any other age group suffer from it. Sports, peer-pressure, and low self-esteem can cause teens to be driven to eating disorders.

Anorexia and Bulimia are the two main types of eating disorders. Anorexia is the self-starving behavior that can lead to severe health problems and even death. Bulimia is when a binge/purge cycle is used or laxatives are used at an excessive amount. Anorexia and bulimia affect a person?s thoughts and feelings as well as his or her body (Erlanger 18).

Anorectics starve themselves to lose weight. Experts have
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Sports are one of the factors that lead to eating disorders. Gymnast and dancers have to maintain a small and skinny frame. Wrestlers also suffer from eating disorders. They try to maintain or loose weight to stay in a weight class. There are many other sports where athletes have eating disorders. Some examples are track, swimming, cross country, youth football and other weight class sports. According to a Sports Illustrated article in January 22 issue, a recent anonymous survey of college Division I athletes was taken. It included 883 males and 562 females, and revealed that fifty-eight percent of the women and thirty-eight percent of the men had eating disorders. ?I think the whole issue of nutrition and eating patterns, it would be fair to say, is a major concern among athletes? stated the NCAA director of sports sciences.

Peer pressure also has a major role in teen eating disorders. Today?s society calls for a woman to be real skinny and a man to be thin and strong. Family?s role in the development in eating disorders is a major one. The majority

3 of teenagers with eating disorders come from a middle-class or an upper-class family (Claypool and Nelsen 46).

Peers also put a major strain on being thin. Ever teenager wants to fit in the crowd. The
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