Teens Shouldnt Diet Essay

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               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
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The non dieter obviously felt no need to binge, because they hadn’t been restricting themselves in the first place.      
     A person might disagree with these results, citing that it is just common sense that if a person restricts their food intake, they will lose weight. It’s not rocket science; it’s a well accepted fact. They might also argue that the two pound weight gain was only for special cases, and that didn’t happen to the majority of people. A study done by the University of Texas disagrees. They tested 692 teenage girls from ninth to twelfth grade, and charted their weight by weighing them on a scale, and asking them about their eating habits. What they found after doing a few blind studies was that dieting was proven to be either ineffective in the first place, and actually lead to more weight gain. They concluded that after a four year span, the girls who dieted actually gained an average of three pounds more than the girls who didn’t diet. This was not just a select few, but the average. They also believed that restriction had a lot to do with the weight gain (Leslie). Restricting was the way that the teens dieted, but restriction can lead to a whole host of problems in itself, like eating disorders.
     Another problem is that when dieting gets out of control, eating disorders occur. “Eighty percent of people who had anorexia or bulimia

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