Teens with Eating Disorders Essay

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Teens with Eating Disorders

In our society today, we are constantly hearing about more and more teenagers, mostly girls, who are suffering from an eating disorder. For reasons that are unclear, these young women are developing potentially life-threatening eating disorders as a way of achieving a perfect model body. There are many different types and classifications of eating disorders, but the two most common ones in which teens suffer from and are diagnosed with are called bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa.

People with bulimia, known as bulimics, indulge in bingeing, which are episodes of eating large amounts of food to satisfy their hunger and craving for food. Then there is purging, this happens after bingeing and it is a
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Finally, I wanted to possibly find alternatives, or other ways that teens can solve and beat these problems in which they are facing. The direction that I took or supported with this paper is anti-eating disorder, but moreover I am supporting treatment and awareness programs.

The main reason that I am personally interested in this topic is because right now as a Social Work major, my intentions are to help and work with teens with eating disorders once I graduate. I know what it is like and how these teens feel, and the torment that they deal with and agonize over everyday in attempt to live up to society’s expectations. I hope that maybe I can help these teens take a healthy approach to losing weight, or maybe first maybe just try to raise their confidence and morals.
Eating disorders are diseases that take a toll on a number of peoples lives currently as well as in the past. In the United States approximately 10% of girls and women suffer from anorexia and bulimia. Anorexia and Bulimia are only two types of eating disorders that combined affect an estimated 11 million people every year(Mintle, 2000). At least 50,000 of those 11 million people will die as result of their eating disorder. In the most extreme cases the suffers literally starve themselves to death or burn up their esophagus. Those who survive are at greater risk of developing brittle bones, life-threatening infections, kidney damage and heart problems (What Causes Eating…

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