The Effects Of Eating Disorders Among Adolescents

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In the past two decades, the percentage of adolescents who are overweight has almost tripled, from 5 to 14 % (Neumark-Sztainer, Story, Hannan, Stat, & Rex, 2003). For many, this is an alarming statistic. Studies concerning eating disorders are showing more and more frequency in younger age groups and especially in those who are athletes, diabetics, and obese adolescents (Martin & Golden, 2014). Many studies have shed some light on the issue of eating disorders by conducting surveys and developing new programs to use in schools. The purpose of this paper is to propose more education and programs in schools to reduce and prevent the development of eating disorders. The prevalence of eating disorders among adolescents is an increasing area of concern. Past studies have shown that the age of onset of eating disorders has been decreasing. Many studies are now conducting research concerning eating disorders anywhere from age 6 to 18. One study conducted using middle school-aged participants showed that more than 40% of participants wanted to lose weight and/or felt that they looked fat to others (Childress, Brewerton, Hodges, & Jarrell, 1993). One can assume that this finding could have been caused by a lack of self-esteem among the adolescents in the study. Another study in Canada found that symptoms of eating disorders were reported by 27% of girls aged 12-18 years (Jones, Bennett, Olmstead, Lawson, & Rodin, 2001). These symptoms could be anything from regular dieting…
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