Essay on Eating Disorders Among Adolescents And Adolescents

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Eating Disorders in Teens and Adolescents
Eating disorders “include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues” (National Eating Disorders Association). “Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder” (ANAD). “95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25” (ANAD). There are three main types of eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.
First, Anorexia Nervosa is a “potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss”(NEDA). “Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents” (ANAD). “Anorexia nervosa is one of the most common psychiatric diagnoses in young women” (NEDA). Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa include inadequate food intake, weight that is clearly too low, obsession with weight gain, fear of being over-weight, doesn’t recognize severity of the situation, and behavior that prevents weight gain (NEDA). Denial of hunger, dramatic weight loss, excessive exercising, refusal to eat certain foods, and frequent comments about being fat are common warning signs of Anorexia. For example, a teenage girl may tell her friends she isn’t eating bread because it is high in carbohydrates, which would cause her to gain weight. Denial of hunger is common in teens and many will refuse to eat dinner with their families stating, “ I’m not hungry” or “I already ate”. “Anorexia…

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