Eating Disorders

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“Who wants to recover? It took me years to get that tiny. I wasn’t sick; I was strong.”- Laurie Halse Anderson , Wintergirls

This is how women/men portray themselves, believing they are strong,

but in reality they are weak. they are no longer building their bones up but tearing their bodies down. It is estimated that eight-million Americans have an eating disorder – seven-million women and one-million men. 2006 South Carolina Department of Mental Health

Although many parents of teens struggling with body image may blame television models and other such stars, these body issues and their disorders stem back to their daughters younger days of pigtails and Barbie’s®

Parents of teens always believe in blaming others for something they did wrong when it all boils back down to the Barbies®, the pigtails, the little cute outfits with matching belts and hair ties that contributes to a child’s brain and because of the way they think and act it is not hard for the children to believe that they are supposed to be Barbie’s® size or dress like Barbie® when they are young. Television is always blamed for showing celebrities with the hottest body they think all teenage girls and boys should have, when in all actuality the reason the teenage children are like that is because of their parents. The parents always push to make sure that their child will be slender, and when it reaches a point of no return such as a eating disorder it is hard to turn back. Janet Jackson was always pushed by her father to weigh a certain weight so she could get attention from the spotlight which caused her to battle with her weight throughout her life.

An eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating. A person with an eating disorder may have started out just eating smaller or larger amounts of food, but at some point, the urge to eat less or more...