In the United States alone, over 20 million women and 10 million men have suffered from an eating disorder usually between the ages of 13 to 17 years.Yet, why are teenagers so vulnerable to this serious issue? Well, as teens in today’s world, the pressures of being skinny as a girl and muscular as a guy causes many to go into extreme measures to receive drastic results by taking steroids, overdosing on metabolism pills, fasting, skipping meals, purging and above all developing serious eating disorders. In addition, over one half of teenage girls and nearly one third of teenage boys use these unhealthy weight control behaviors.
The most common types of eating disorders among the many are anorexia and bulimia both of which are caused by an extreme fear of weight gain. Specifically, anorexia is caused by barely eating anything at all while bulimia is caused by binge eating and then ridding the body completely of the intake by vomiting, using laxatives, and overexercising. Consequently, mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are common causes of these several types of eating disorders.
For girls, hormones and puberty are natural causes of weight gain which can be fairly difficult for them to handle in their teenage years when they expect to have a perfectly toned body, and likewise, guys also become very discouraged with their muscle mass when they compare themselves to professional athletes. Unfortunately, the let down of not achieving these expectations can lead some to develop one of the serious eating disorders caused by depression.
Eating disorders are highly common in wrestlers, dancers, gymnasts, and runners due to the body image that is expected of them to perform properly.
This issue should not be overlooked because in many cases, eating disorders cause serious heart disease, kidney failure, hypertension, chronic vitamin deficiencies, malnutrition, and even death.