You see skinny girls walking around on tv having a great time right? But to be that scary thin is unhealthy, not to mention dangerous! Actually, many young girls have eating disorders (mostly ages 13-19). Girls might feel pressure from friends to be thinner. Based on a survey, most girls try their first diet in middle school.
Also, media like TV or magazines make models look so thin and girls try to copy them. Even some skinny girls think they're overweight and keep losing weight until they're very unhealthy.
There are four major types of disorders common in teens. These are: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and ED-NOS. Whichever a person might have, they should be treated as quickly as possible.
Lots of parents don't notice their children are eating unhealthy because they are so busy. Parents should watch their children and talk to them about the dangers of eating disorders. Teens can get help from organizations made especially for their ages.
It can be very hard to talk to a friend who you think has an eating disorder. People who have eating disorders are often in denial and do'nt want to talk about their problems. They can get defensive or upset with the people who try to get them help. Do not let these reactions prevent you from trying to help someone you care about.