Why Teens Shouldn't Diet

2136 Words Jan 2nd, 2004 9 Pages
Why Teens Shouldn't Diet Dieting can be defined as restricting calories or food groups (Deal with Diets: kidshealth.org). With the number of obese people growing, it's no wonder that people are starting to diet, and "in 1988, Americans spent 32 billion dollars on diets and diet products (Baird: Women's Health Fact Sheet)." A problem arises when teens start restricting their food, because dieting can be very harmful to a teenager's still-developing body. It can also be harmful to the teen's psychological health as well. "80% of teen girls are unhappy with their bodies and weight (Community Action: 27% of Teens in Peril from Dieting), and 50% of teen girls incorrectly believe that they are overweight, increasing the likelihood that they …show more content…
So, the girl starves herself, which leads to serious damage to the body and could lead to death (Teens with Eating Disorders: aacap.org). The symptoms of bulimia are usually different than anorexia. The girl binges on high-calorie foods, and then purges herself of those calories by self-induced vomiting or by using laxatives. This results in dramatic weight fluctuations. Bulimia can cause dehydration, hormonal imbalance, depletion of important minerals, and damage to vital organs (Teens with Eating Disorders: aacap.org). Health problems from eating disorders would be too much weight loss, loss of menstrual periods, loss of energy, dental problems, skin problems, constipation, stomach pain, low blood pressure, dry skin, irregular heart beat, hair growth all over body, osteoporosis, depression, and many more (Baird: Women's Health Fact Sheet). One might argue, what do eating disorders have to do with dieting? A person could think that eating disorders don't come from dieting, but from other sources. When a girl sees images of the perfect body, she will develop an eating disorder in order to look like that image, or a girl could have someone telling them how fat she is, so she decides to stop eating. Women don't start with a diet, they know exactly what they are doing when they are not eating, or making themselves throw up, and it isn't because they started to diet, it's