Anorexia in Teen Girls

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Marissa Diaz
May 9, 2012

Anorexia in Teenage Girls

Poor self-image. Low self-esteem. Yearning for a better body. Losing control. These are things that most anorexics have in common. I know, because I’ve seen it in so many teenage girls. Anorexia is an eating disorder where people, especially the teen group (adolescent girls) starve themselves - the main reason is to lose weight and turn lean. Anorexia usually begins in young people around the onset of puberty. Weight loss is obtained in many ways - some harmful also. The common techniques used are excessive exercise, intake of laxatives/ diet pills, vomiting after a meal and starving oneself to limitless extent. People with anorexia continue to think they are overweight, and will resort to dieting even after they become extremely thin. Many experts believe that the cause of anorexia is because of peer-pressure among adolescents, and I believe it. High school is a place where everyone fights for a good image, hence all the drama there. Girls are always trying to look better than each other and doing the impossible to gain popularity. But it’s not entirely their fault wanting to look so skinny and “fake”. Society nowadays shoves the photo-shopped pictures of beautiful toothpick-like models into young girls’ faces telling them that this is what they should look like. The world tells us girls that we have to have “the perfect body” and wear the tightest clothing to look beautiful. Whatever happened to being “beautiful just the way you are”? I overheard these girls bragging to one another a few days ago about losing 10 pounds when they were already underweight. And still they complained about being fat! There are already many people dealing with real weight problems, and here are a couple perfectly thin girls saying that they’re obese. These anorexic teens need help; some just want the attention from their family or friends. Others just need to be told...
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