Coming into the adolescence period of life can be very confusing. They are trying to figure out who they really are and where they fit in. With the pressures of peers and family there can be so many things going through an adolescents head. Around the beginning of this time period teens are very concerned with what people think about them and who likes them. They are also surrounded by television and magazines that tell them they should look just like all the models. Anorexia and Bulimia is very common among girls, but is found among boys also. Some people will do whatever it takes to feel good about themselves and look how they have been told they should look. Anorexia is where people starve themselves because they are afraid of getting fat. Even though it may work in making you skinny, it is very bad for you! It can cause many health problems, such as the heart muscle begins to shrink, the kidneys can fail, and irreversible brain damage and loss of bone mass can occur, it can also cause an extremely distorted body image. Bulimia is where people go on strict diets and do excessive exercise accompanied by binge eating, often followed by deliberate vomiting. This is also very dangerous to your health as it can cause damage to your throat and stomach, and can also erode the enamel on your teeth.
Anorexia and Bulimia are very common disorders among adolescents and is something that we need to be more aware of. We need to make sure that these people know how much they are loved and that it doesn’t matter what they look like. There also needs to be more education on these subjects and just how dangerous they can be to people.