by Brenda Genas
Eating disorders are not just the problems of the adults, unfortunately, the number of youth affected with different types of eating disorders are already increasing.
About 15 percent of young women population is suffering with different kinds of dietary conditions like anorexia, bulimia or binge eating.
There are survey conducted showing that 40 percent of 1st, 2nd and ord grade girls are already wishing that they are thinner. While 80 percent of 10 year old girls are already worried of becoming fat in the future.
Most of 6th grade girls are already concerned with their weight. Most of eating disorders affect women than men.
Adolescence is a very difficult stage. Teens would be in a period where they would constantly discover their identities.
It would be stressful, confusing and frightening time. Some teens would find the transition easy while some teens would find handling pressures very difficult.
When teens get complimented on how they look, they would feel extremely satisfied and some could go to extreme measures just to retain those look. Mass media is another major influence on how teens view themselves.
Media has major influences on how women is perceived to be beautiful when they are thin. Actresses that are very pretty and thin, as they see in television shows, are the role models.
Aside from mass media, family could also have a significant effect on how teens view themselves.
Individuals, teens and adults, are likely to suffer from eating disorders if they dealt with a traumatic experience in their past life. Traumatic experience could be divorce, death, abuse over appearance or diet.
Parents commenting too much on their looks, suppression of problems and feelings, and a restricting their child’s diet could also lead to eating disorders.
Pop culture and the environment has huge effects on how teens view themselves and their body. Therefore, the school should play a major role in helping children and teens deal with such a difficult age.
There could be information dissemination, there is a need to educate students about eating disorders and its consequences.
Schools should also have counsellors that could identify the signs and symptoms of eating disorders. Help should be readily available if there are students that showed signs of eating disorders and similar dietary conditions.
It is important to deal with the condition early on, before it could progress into something that can be dangerous.
What you should fear about eating disorders are the long term effects that it could bring to the individual.
Long term health effects could be kidney failure and heart problems. It could also lead to deeper psychological issues.
Teenagers are in a very confusing situation, they would need to feel good about themselves and at the same time accept the real truth about their body and their life.
They would need all the support that they could get. Friends, relatives and family are the one that could primarily provide the support needed.
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