Excessive Weight Loss Teenage Girls

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She desires beauty, but does not look like “them” therefore she is not beautiful. She fits into her clothes, but the sizes do not fit the standard. She passes up the toast for breakfast, the hamburger for lunch and the Chinese takeout for dinner. She sweats daily so that someday she will not have to sweat it at all. She looks at the scale unsatisfied knowing twenty pounds is not enough. She, along with millions of teenage girls feel pressured to build or maintain the perfect body. Thoughts on how one perceives their psychical appearance or body image, can start at the age of six and last through adulthood. Due to the desire of excessive weight loss teenage girls are affected by eating disorders, relationships, and the strong opinion of the media. She leans over the toilet emptying the evil from within while the fantasy of a having the perfect body consumes the mind. Body satisfaction plays one of the largest roles in why girls inhabit eating disorders. The most common types of eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Weight control strategies reflect on how dissatisfied a teen is with her body shape. Over one-half of teenage girls use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives (Neumark-Sztainer, 2005). Teens with eating disorders struggle with the fear of becoming overweight, distress, and low self-esteem (Kam, 2007). They will go to any lengths to achieve what they want their
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