An estimated ten of every 100 teenage girls struggles with either anorexia or bulimia. Despite widespread efforts by medical professionals, educators, and parents, this figure hasn’t changed much in the last several years.
In an article on theadvertiser.com, author Doreen Nagle discussed how learning to spot signs of an eating disorder can ensure that a teen gets much-needed help:
- Anorexia nervosa: A teen who is a perfectionist and super high achiever in school or other activities.
- With that said, [the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry] says that this teen likely has low self-esteem and irrationally believes herself to be overweight when she is clearly too thin.
- Seeking control over her life, anorexic teens find it in being able to say "No" to food. This lack of nutrition often leads to serious health disorders.
- In bulimia, the sufferer binges on foods (often high-calorie foods) and then purges by forcing herself to vomit or by using laxatives.
- Often, the bulimic will indulge in odd diets resulting in weight fluctuations.
- Self-induced purging is a serious concern since it robs the body of necessary nutrition, can damage organs and cause dehydration.
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