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Eating Disorders In Teens; What Do You Know About Them?

March 24, 2011

PSA For Eating Disorders

In class, for a health assignment, I had to do a project on eating disorders in teenagers. I wanted to cover this issue because I knew that they were a big problem, however, I didn’t know that they could lead to death, or cause serious health problems, such as heart diseases. I hope that this PSA can help to bring this issue to your attention.

Here is the link to view my Glogster on the project.

Transcript For The Glogster Video:

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Since Eating Disorders are classified as mental illnesses, it is important to teach people how to spot the symptoms, learn how to treat them, and how to distinguish the disorders from each other. This PSA is to help persuade you of the advantages of knowing about eating disorders.

The first thing you should learn is the symptoms of the disorders. This PSA will focus on Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating. It is important to know the symptoms of these disorders, as all three can lead to death. The risk of developing diabetes and heart diseases are increased, and organs might start to suffer damage.

The symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa include: counting or carefully portioning their food intake; avoiding foods such as dairy, grain, and meat (only applicable if they’re not allergic, or if they’re not someone who avoids certain types of food); being very frail or thin; becoming obsessed with what food they eat, their weight, being depressed, energy lacking, or feel cold often; over exercise, but still feel fat; and avoiding going to social outings, such as meals.

Did you also know that Anorexia and Bulimia usually starts out with a person just trying to get in shape, or lose weight, but it gets addictive to eat less and over-exercise, so the disorder develops. It is important to watch out for people who start to show this, and warn them about the dangers of having an eating disorder. Other dangers of eating disorders include: a drop in blood pressure, breathing rate, or pulse.

A person suffering from Bulimia will; have an intense fear of gaining weight; try to get away to go to the bathroom directly after meals; spend the majority of their time trying to work off their calories; eat only low fat or diet foods; purchase laxatives quite often; or dislike their body.

A person who has a Binge eating disorder will suffer from drastic weight gain; they will eat far past the point of feeling full; or they don’t try to purge after they eat.

After you know that someone has an eating disorder, it is useful to know how to distinguish the disorder from other disorders. In short, Anorexics are usually thin and underweight. Those with Bulimia are normal weight or overweight. Bingers are normally overweight.

The treatment of an eating disorder will require therapy, but a better family based method, called the ‘Maudsley Approach’ was developed to treat teens between the ages of 13 and 17. The Maudsley Approach involves getting the whole family to help as participants to help in restoring the teens weight and physical health back to normal. A hands on approach in removing the disorder works best.

I hope that this PSA has helped to enlighten your understanding of Eating Disorders.

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One Comment
  1. Wow great job Trevor! I liked all of the great deal of detail that helped me learn more about these disorders. It is truly disturbing to see what these people do to fell better about themselves. I liked the numbers you gave for the US that showed the number of people with eating disorders. It helped paint a picture in my mind about all of the people that do have these problems. Why do you think that The Maudsley Approach is the best why to treat and overcome these problems?

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