Eating Disorder – a combination of 14 letters that has the power to rock the life of the person who has it. Some of the most common eating conditions are anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. According to the LA Times, “In 2009 the government published data that showed that kids under 12 were the fastest-growing population of patients hospitalized for eating disorders.” Not only are eating disorders becoming more popular and not in a positive way, but also the teens who have them getting them at a younger age. Eating disorders are a growing epidemic among teens, and it’s spreading to the younger generation; some of the most common causes of these disorders are social, mental, and familial influences.
As eating disorders have grown among the nation, one of the major causes is the social influences pushed on young kids. The rail-thin models displayed on magazines and TV shows have portrayed that as the way girls and women should look like to be beautiful and accepted. Diet fads are on the rise. Teens are constantly bombarded with the idea to look thinner, and these have ultimately contributed to eating conditions among teens. According to Pediatrics and Child Health, “They found that there was a significant decrease in the models’ body weights and measurements, with 70% of the women being underweight and greater than 75% of the women were less than 85% of their ideal body weight.” Over the years, the ideal body weight of men and women has decreased to the point that most female models are actually anorexic and tread close to being malnourished (The Fight to End…). In the last few months, a new trend has scattered across America. The trend is thigh gaps (Robyn Lawley). For those who exercise to attain thigh gaps, it’s almost impossible for some. Thigh gaps rest largely on how a body is structured. With that being said, the trend of thigh gaps has made teens across the U.S. desire and degrade their bodies for not having one (Salter). Thigh gaps and underweight models aren’t the direct cause that makes a person have an eating disorder. But society has pushed the idea to be beautiful is to attain this look.
Not only does the world around these teens influence them to be skinny, their own mental health has been affected. Stress, depression, and low self-esteem have contributed to eating disorders. According to Huffington Post, “...feelings of being stressed or overwhelmed can trigger disordered eating behaviors, which are used as a coping mechanism.” Many teens will become stressed because of school and/or family issues and often times the young boy or girl will find a temporary comfort in food. They can binge eat and this type of eating later turns into a disorder called BED, binge-eating disorder. On the other side, some teens feel that their life is out of control and if they can regulate how many calories they take in or how much or little food they eat, they can have control (Huffington Post). There was a study done among the...