To Eat or Not to Eat?

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Imagine finding your sister passed out on the floor. Imagine being told that your sister was going to be sent away to a “special hospital.” Imagine missing your sister so much that you didn’t want to wake up on your own birthday. This is what happened to eight year old Emily Moore. It is estimated that a whopping eight million Americans have an eating disorder- seven million women and one million men (Stern). An eating disorder is an obsession with food and weight that harms the person’s well being (Ciotola). Eating disorders aren’t just going on a diet and losing a few pounds, it’s an illness. Some of the most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. A solution to eating disorders is to educate students about…show more content…
Schools should have health classes focusing on nutrition. Inform kids about the components of a well-balanced meal. Teach students that the models in magazines are not the ideal image of beautiful or thin. Teachers should give positive reinforcement to their students every day so that the students feel good about themselves and have a boosted self-esteem. Explain to students the importance of exercise. All of these things combined will create a healthy body image for kids. There are warning signs of eating disorders that kids can learn about. Make sure that kids know that they can go to a trusted adult, like a parent, teacher, or guidance counselor if they feel that they need someone to talk to. Tell kids to pay attention to their friends and make sure that they are eating properly. Make kids aware that if they notice that a friend of theirs isn’t eating properly, that they tell a trusted adult about it. Have kids know that they aren’t “tattle-telling” on their friend; they are really just helping their friend. A lot of times, people will just say that the anorexic or bulimic has no one to blame but themselves. However, family life and culture provide the ultimate trigger (Sohn). Rules and regulations about food at home will start to drive a person to developing an eating disorder. Being told that one is “fat” and “ugly” will also drive a person to developing an eating disorder. Demeaning words and an unsupportive family will only

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