What are Eating Disorders?

1373 Words Feb 25th, 2018 5 Pages
Growing up, every little girl sees how the idols in their lives are supposed to look. Models, Disney princesses, and even Barbie dolls have one body type: thin. It seems like every girl’s dream is to someday be like them. They want to be thin and pretty like the models they see on television and in magazines or like the Barbies they play with every day. The desire could often become an obsession and young girls often see "thinness" as being a needed characteristic. For many girls, the teenage through college years are spent trying to acquire this look. Females are trying diets and are exercising like it is a competition to see who can lose the most weight the quickest. The obsession of many young girls over their appearance or weight has led to a growing number of people who have developed an eating disorder to try to deal with this. According to the National Eating Disorders Organization “Over five million American men and women suffer from eating disorders. 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner and over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives.” (National Eating Disorders.org) Dieting and striving for thinness has become a new obsession in our culture over the years. While there is nothing wrong with maintaining a healthy lifestyle and losing a few extra pounds, there is…
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