February 20, 2009

Teen educates peers about eating disorders

A fight with food
Teen educates peers about eating disorders
Editor’s note: Brooke Billadeau, the author of the following article, is a Freshman at Parshall High School.
“I chose to do a project on eating disorders because more and more people are developing eating problems which makes it more and more serious.”
Two common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. However, there are many other eating disorders including pica, which is eating non-edible substances like hair and chalk.
Anorexia nervosa is when a person’s mind thinks they’re fat so they pretty much starve themselves. Bulimia nervosa is when a person’s mind thinks they’re fat so they binge eat and then make themself vomit. Binging is when a person consumes a lot of food.
Eating disorders hurt a person mentally, physically, socially and psychologically. They affect a person’s internal organs such as the heart and kidneys. Bulimia especially affects they throat, teeth and voice.
Mentally a person will call start to call themselves and others fat and may develop a fear of becoming obese. Most patients fall into a deep depression.
Physically they will exercise as much as possible and loose weight at a deadly, rapid rate. Bones will begin to stick out and they will have little energy.
Socially, a person with an eating disorder will also suffer. They won’t want to be around people and often develop a fear of crowds or people. Some will develop dreams or have nervous breakdowns.

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