Eating Disorders

By: Hayley H

What are Eating Disorders?

My flyer is going to be all about a mental illness. This mental illness deals with body image, so what I’m talking about is eating disorders. This disease affects 11 million teens. It is a serious condition that can lead to death if not brought to quick attention.

Are there different types?

There are different kinds of Eating Disorders that people might get. Such as Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge, and Purging. All of these are different types because Anorexia is a refusal to eat, where Bulimia is where you eat an extreme amount of food then make yourself throw-up. Another type of an eating disorder is where people do excessive amounts of exercise. Any of these are a very unhealthy eating pattern, and some people don't understand the effects.

Who can get them?

Anyone can technically get an eating disorder, but it does run in genetics just like depression. So if your parent or someone close in your family has had an eating disorder you are more likely to get one. Girls are more effected by this diseases than men. 10 million girls are diagnosed with eating disorders, and only 1 million men are diagnosed. Teens are most at risk from the ages 11-20. They are exposed to more social media, and also are put with the most pressure to be “perfect” because they are in middle school and high school and that's when bullying happens .The people that are way more likely to obtain an eating disorder are celebrities. The constant pressure of being "perfect" hits them and they are more easily able to grow an Eating Disorder.

What Causes Eating Disorders?

There is some reasons to what causes them, but there is no exact answer, it varies for each person.

Here are some examples of to why a person MAY have an Eating Disorder


-Social media

-Depression

-Insecure about self and body

-Trouble coping with emotions or expressing your emotions

-Perfectionism

-Genetics


If you think someone you know may be struggling with an Eating Disorder here are some things you may want to pay attention to.


  • hesitating to eat food

  • obsessing over calories

  • excessive exercise

  • they ask for extreme privacy after eating meal

  • eating a lot of food at one time

  • concerned on weight

How To Prevent an Eating Disorder

To prevent and avoid any type of eating disorders here is five ways to stay healthy!


1. Educate yourself all about eating disorders. You will learn they they are FATAL.

2. Don't set unrealistic body goals for yourself.

3. Don't compare yourself to people on social media.

4. Care about your health and the food you eat, not your weight.

5. If you have low self esteem talk to an adult or close one.