Airbrushed models, teen superstars, even GAP commercials tell teens, €śThin is in. €ť Unfortunately, these superstars project an image of perfection that is, for most, unrealistic and unattainable. Anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating deceive teens with empty promises, promises of fixing their problems and soothing their insecurities. All the while they €™re stripping away identity and sense of worth, preying on the desire to fit in and be accepted. Eating disorders are a harrowing addiction affecting teens physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When insecurity gives way to an eating disorder, parents are more needed than ever. It takes a joint effort between parents and their son or daughter to fight this overpowering addiction.
Although the following influences do not constitute a comprehensive list of contributing factors, they are often present in eating disorders.
A New Type of Internet Predator
Parents beware of yet another threat girls face—Web sites encouraging binging and purging.
When it comes to food and dieting, teens are imitating the stars all the way to illness.
Recognizing an Eating Disorder
Don't miss the signs. Parents need to know how to recognize anorexia and bulimia.
Starving for Acceptance
Here's a parent's guide to eating disorders.
Questions and Answers
Why doesn't someone with an eating disorder just stop?
No One's Immune
If you've been through an experience related to this topic, we invite you to share your story with others.
As the daughter of a Christian physician proves, eating disorders aren't always caused by obvious risk factors.
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