Monday, June 14, 2021

Adolescents and Eating Disorders

 As learned through the reading of the textbook, eating disorders are more common in adolescents rather than adulthood. This could be due to the parents. If the parents exhibit bad eating behaviors the child may mimic this and worry about food intake, weight, image, etc. Many of the adolescents affected are teenagers. There are a lot of hormones changing in their body and they tend to worry more about what others think. They may use food to feel in control of their life and limiting their in take makes them feel better. Encouraging good eating habits from a young age, building self esteem and teaching children about body image can help prevent this growing problem. It is hard for teens to feel good about themselves when on social media many people portrayed are extremely fit and do not fit the majority of the population. Early education is key to helping this crisis.



Eating disorders and adolescents - Better Health Channel

8 comments:

  1. Hi Avery! I think this is a really good topic to cover because eating disorders are very common and for many people their weight and calories are the only things they feel they can control in their life. Self-esteem issues are so common in adolescents due to social media and the way society believes a person should be like.- Kyra

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  2. I could not agree more with your post. I think eating habits are formed mainly at home starting from a young age. Going into your teen years is one of the hardest transitions and eating habits only make it harder. If parents are so concerned about calories then that all the child will know and it is all they are going to think about when they eat! I think instead of worrying about calories and the breakdown we should help them learn clean eating habits but still assuring that one day of unclean eating will not effect them as long as they know to balance their diet with clean habits! I hope this makes sense, great post.

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    Mikaleigh

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  3. Avery,
    This topic is one that should be talked about more. Eating disorders are detrimental to a persons state of mind and physical health as well. The rates of eating disorders I would imagine be going up in adolescence due to photoshopping and social standards are much different from even when I remember being an adolescent. This is a very sensitive topic that most associate with females predominately but males are just as much affected. Normalizing and talking about this topic is definitely needed.

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  4. Hi Avery, great post! This post is so important because this is a real issue that many young people do struggle with. Social media has especially impacted younger people because there is just so many expectations created by it. Eating disorders need to become more of a topic of conversation because it affects such a large population.

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  5. Hi Avery, I agree with your post and the comments saying that this issue needs to be talked about more. This conversation especially needs to reach college students. A disturbing trend I have noticed is the normalization of disorderly eating in college. On college campuses, the drive to be productive often turns into a "stress competition" which leads to the normalization of being "too busy to eat" or using caffeinated drinks as meal replacements.

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  6. Great post! I couldn't agree more because this has become an issue that should be talked more about. I have notice from experience because my brother is a young teen and all he is worried what he eats and his weight. Todays world is very different because adolescence are very connected to social media and how it portray themselves.

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  7. Thanks again for the article post. Thanks Again. Really Great.
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