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    Today people often hear of people suffering from illnesses such as cancer, aids, ect. What people often don’t hear about is the illness that affects many people each year, which are eating disorders. Whenever someone is going through an eating disorder, it usually starts out by friends and family telling a person she is fat or chubby. In family everyone is slim and tall. Her siblings started to tease her by calling her names. She becomes worried about her weight and finds out the easiest way to loose weigh is to stop eating. By starving herself, she lost a couple of pounds and was happy. Being happy with the results, she was determined to loose more weight. Nobody had noticed anything until one day when she became dehydrated and fainted at school. She was hospitalized for almost a week. But when she got all the help and support that she needed from her doctors, friends, and family, she got better. Eating disorders have become serious issues in that past 25 years. Many people have been diagnosed with eating disorders.

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Sports are one of the factors that lead to eating disorders. Gymnasts and dancers have to maintain a small skinny frame. They try to maintain or loose weight to a stay in shape. There are many other sports where athletes have eating disorders. Some examples are track, swimming, cross-country, youth football and other sports. In order to maintain their weight most of them eat less and they over exercise to keep them in shape. They also think that looking a certain way makes them a better athlete.

 Another cause has to do with body image. A person with eating disorder typically suffers from a body image disturbance that can impact many areas his or her life. Most women are given the message at a very young age that in order to be happy and successful, they must be thin. For example, every time someone walks into a store they are surrounded by the images of thin models that appear on the front cover of all the fashion magazines. Thousands of teenage girls are starving themselves this very minute trying to attain what the fashion industry considers to be the “ideal” figure.

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People need to start loving and accepting each other for who they are, and not what they look like. Parents need to teach their children to be proud of whom they are. Parents need to also teach children the value of healthy living. Not send the message that being thin is important. Family and peers need to support people with weight problems and not make them feel guilty about how they look. As teenagers, they need to stop thinking they have to look a certain way to be the best at a sport. Teenagers need to know also that, the ideal body image is not important. Having a healthy body is way more important than looking like a model. Peer pressure needs to not affect a teenager’s eating habits. Pressuring someone to loose weight can cause major problems. Good self esteem is very important. It helps a person feel good about themselves and makes them want to be who they are, and not someone else.

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