Adolescence Is A Time Of Change Essay

1686 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
Adolescence is a time of change, not only changes in the physical body, but also changes and growth in mental health. The expectations placed on adolescents increase, their social roles change, and for the first time in their lives, they are able to create their own opinions more than ever before. For many, adolescence it is an exciting time, full of promise and excitement; but for others, adolescence is a time of trial and internal struggle. The struggle to fit in, developing physically too soon or too late, and the struggle to meet society’s views on what is beautiful. At the young age of ten, before puberty has hit for the average adolescent, young boys and girls are already concerned about their body. Key word searches have also shown that adolescents between the ages of 15-19 constitute 40% of all identified cases of eating disorders (Hoek & Hoeken, 2003). This begs the question concerning what factors, internal and external, are shaping the new wave of adolescent thinking, and how can we prevent it before adolescents take to extreme measures to be “beautiful.”
An eating disorder is defined as mild, moderate, or severe disturbance in eating habits and attitudes. Experts classify disordered eating on a spectrum, which can vary from healthy dieting, to a level of disorder that requires clinical treatment (Laurence, 2016). In the more severe cases, however, adolescents generally suffer from anorexia nervosa, bulimia, or a combination of both. According to the textbook,…

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