In our modern day society, body image is a big deal. When a girl looks in a mirror, she sees only her magnified flaws. Most women believe that every bit of extra fat on their bodies is unsightly, and many begin dieting or binging. Many girls take dieting to an extreme level. The unhealthy habit eventually morphs into a disorder. The two eating disorders that affect a teenager’s self esteem and health most are anorexia and bulimia.
It is widely believed that anorexia is a sickness that only super skinny girls can have. However, anorexia is an eating disorder where a woman, of any size or shape, never stops worrying about her weight, and as a result, stops eating. Symptoms include struggling with food, headaches, mood swings, pallid skin, and severe weight loss. Some girls are very cautious, and try to hide food or skip eating in fear of coming to contact with food. All these troubles are caused by a desire to be thin. It may not seem like a big deal, but many women have died from this disorder, which, if not treated, can become deadly.
Bulimia is another eating disorder that affects women of all age today. Unlike anorexic girls, bulimic girls do eat, but only end up vomiting their food. Bulimic girls often “use the restroom” after meals in order to gain access to a restroom, where they can quickly dispose their half-digested meals before they gain weight.
Even though, many girls worry about their weight, and there is nothing wrong with that, there are better and healthier ways to lose weight. Staying fit and eating the right foods are ways you can lose weight without really doing any work. Downsizing on the amount of junk food you inject into your system can also help. Many nutritionists say that eating fruit (with natural sugars) will benefit your body more than drinking energy drinks or eating energy bars.
All in all, eating disorders can be a big problem for some women. It's unfortunate how a mean comment or a post on a social networking site can cause a girl to turn against her own well-being. Dieting is appropriate, but only to a certain extent, and should not be done unless needed. Even though there are many women who have been shattered by this disorder, there are still many girls out in our world who are strong, confident, and proud of their bodies. The truly pretty girls aren't the ones who are self conscious about weight; they're the ones beautiful inside and outside.