Information on Eating Disorders
As parents living in the rapidly developing world of today, one of the hardest things to temper in your teens is their impression of themselves.
Everyday, your teen is constantly confronted by the media about various expectations regarding their self-image and self-worth. Due to these expectations, your teen may begin to develop eating disorders, confidence issues, etc.
Below are some startling facts regarding the consequences of trying to live up to a media-regulated body-image.
- Fewer than 60% of women engage in physical activity at least three times a week.
- 1 out of 5 Americans order take-out food every day.
- In a 1996 survey, 56% of women and 43% of men disliked their overall appearance.
- 90% of people with eating disorders are adolescents and young women.
- Fashion models weigh 23% less than the average female, yet many men and women still consider the underweight body type to be normal and healthy.
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Reviewed By: Adolescent Interest Group
Last Reviewed: August 2013
These sites are developed and maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Women's Health Information Center.
These programs are designed to provide information for girls and women who would like to learn how to improve their health, start a physical activity program, eat better, learn about eating disorders, and learn about total mind/body wellness.