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Eating disorders in teenage girls and young women

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Eating disorders in teenage girls and young women I don't think that there is enough help in the world for the huge amounts of teenage girls and young women who are trying to overcome Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. There are many people in the world who are oblivious to the differences between Anorexia and Bulimia. People with Anorexia starve themselves, avoid high calorie foods, and exercise constantly. People with Bulimia eat huge amounts of food, but they throw up soon after eating, or take laxatives or diuretics (water pills) to keep from gaining weight. People with Bulimia don't usually lose as much weight as those suffering from Anorexia. These illnesses mainly affect adolescent girls and young women but do occasionally affect older married women. Only one patient in 15 is male. Eating disorders are becoming increasingly common. They are distressing for the sufferer's family and friends because they cannot understand her self-image regarding the need for food (in Anorexia sufferer's) and the need to be sick after eating (in the case of a Bulimia sufferer.) The sufferer has convinced herself that she is too fat and that she HAS to lose weight. ...read more.

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They look for someone who is that bit different, as a target, they can make themselves look tough in front of others. Bullying can really make someone want to be a 'normal size' but what is normal? Everybody is different. And people should realise this. Girls may still enjoy reading girly magazines because of the content. I enjoy reading them. I like keeping up to date with the new fashions and make up trends, Laughing at the embarrassing moments and swooning over the celebrity on the front cover. But what I don't think is right is the message a lot of these magazines are sending out. According to some, you have to be tall, thin, and physically perfect to be completely happy. I don't deny, some of the information is good, but the magazines should stop pressuring girls into thinking that they are unworthy unless they have a Barbie doll figure. Television programmes can also give out the same message. About a year ago there was a television programme called "Popstars" There was a huge auditions process, the judges didn't pick any people who wouldn't look 'right.' They turned away people who were 'overweight' because, they wouldn't have the 'right look' for the band. ...read more.

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They said that it was a good insight into eating disorders, which I was glad of. But, I wasn't objective enough to start with. I wanted to blame eating disorders entirely on magazines. When I reread what I had written I realised how one sided my essay sounded and that wasn't the idea. I like the television programmes and magazines as do a lot of teenagers, and the point of the speech wasn't to put things down, it was to establish eating disorders and what encourages young girls to do it. So I changed it all and I'm happy with the final result. My piece is very opinionated which I think makes it a better piece. But there are also plenty of facts, and it is astonishing how common the problem is, because its not very well publicised yet it's a common illness. I feel that my opening is very strong and launches straight into the piece, its quite informative. The conclusion sums up the whole piece and I'm reasonably happy with the piece as a whole. I think having different people looking at it and suggesting how it could be made better really helped me improve it, they pointed out that It was too personalised, and that wasn't the idea of the piece it was to inform. ...read more.

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