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Teens see very skinny models on TV and touched-up pictures of celebrities online. These images are all around. And they may make teens question how they look.
While it’s normal for teens to worry about their bodies, it may put them at risk of developing an eating disorder.
Young women who have a poor self-view are at risk for eating disorders. If they diet, they may be at risk of getting an eating disorder.
Many people suffer from eating disorders. It is more common in women, especially teens.
Eating disorders are very serious because they change a person’s eating habits. An eating disorder may start when a person becomes fixated on food. Or they may worry about body weight and shape.
Some signs of common eating disorders are:
Binge Eating Disorder
· Limiting food, leading to very low weight.
· Great fear of gaining weight or being fat.
· Believing one is “fatter” than they are.
· Eating large amounts of food followed by throwing up, fasting or a lot of exercise.
· Occurring at least once a week.
· Eating large amounts of food with a sense of loss of control.
· Eating alone and faster than normal.
How do eating issues change
How can I help? If you’re afraid that someone you care about has an eating disorder, it’s important to talk to them about it. Offer support. Offer to help them see a professional. Treatment may involve:
With professional help, eating disorders can be treated. People can work toward living a long and healthy life. But they need a good support system and health care.
Do you have any further questions about eating disorders or any other mental health conditions? Reach out to us at BHQualityImprovement@bcbsil.com
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