Ignoring the Disease
Who is to decide whether or not a situation is extremely dangerous? Young American teenagers are consistently reminded about how "not eating is bad for your body." Although eating disorders are discussed in almost every high school, I believe that the seriousness of the disease is highly overlooked. Last year in a class of thirty I knew of five girls who suffered from one of these horrible diseases. Even though five people doesn't sound dangerous, imagine what the percentage was like when I arrived in high school. With a total of about 850 students, the number of affected students rapidly increased. In addition to the student population increase, our age range also increased. This led to the overload of hormonal and insecure teenagers. Obviously the number of teens who suffer from eating disorders went beyond my five-person (16.7%) experience. It's almost impossible to believe the increasing numbers of teenage eating disorders. Unfortunately those diseases aren't affecting only teens:
"The common age for the onset of eating disorders was previously in the 14 to 21-year-old range.
But with eating disorders increasing in younger children, the age range has been lowered, with 7-year-olds becoming the most regularly treated population."
-Dr. MARTA MARKMAN For The Maryland Gazette
"The mystery of how and why bulimia nervosa occurs has yet to be unraveled. Although it can develop at any age, it most often occurs during the late teen years and affects roughly 8 out of 100 women at some time during their lives, making it far more prominent among women than men. There are strong suspicions among experts that bulimia nervosa may have a genetic association and prior research has suggested that lows levels of serotonin may be involved. The condition is often accompanied by other mental health problems such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety... In a study of 40 women, in which half of the women were experiencing the effects of the condition while the other half were not, the bulimic women were shown to have less activity in brain areas involving self-regulation compared to the non-bulimic women."
-Unknown Reporterfrom thePak Tribune