Teen Eating Disorders In Girls

Common Eating Disorders That Affect Girls

 

Society today is extremely focused on physical appearance.  Sadly, millions of people think that they are not good enough, and turn to activities that are not only unhealthy, but also extremely dangerous.  Over the last few years, teen eating disorders in girls have skyrocketed in frequency with hospitalizations and deaths also increasing.  The 2 main eating disorders that girls suffer from are anorexia and bulimia.

 

Anorexia is an eating disorder that involves a person (can be male or female) eating a severely restricted number of calories.  By eating less than the body needs, the person looses weight, but is often accompanied by binges due to lack of food.  People suffering fro anorexia will appear extremely thin and emaciated and will have a distorted image of his or her body.

 

Bulimia, on the other hand, is when a person eats normally, but purposely vomits to get rid of what has been ingested.  This eating disorder often occurs when a person feels guilty for what he or she has eaten.  Just like with anorexia, people with bulimia will be very thin and likely have a negative body image.

 

Both of these eating disorders are extremely dangerous and need to be addressed when suspected in a loved one.  If you do know someone who is struggling with one of these debilitating illnesses, you need to get them help as soon as possible.  Counseling is one thing that should definitely be incorporated, but you need to consider rehabilitation if the situation is bad enough.

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