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Turn on any television show or look through any teen magazine and what do you usually see You will probably notice at least one ad for a food product that is being eaten by happy and good looking people What is the message being sent to our adolescents today Is it better to eat good food or be thin like a model This is a hard choice that teenage girls have to face everyday Most people believe that thinner is better Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that usually strikes women The term anorexia means loss of appetite Of the 7 million women from age 15 to 35 who have an eating disorder many will die from the complications of anorexia They suffer from eating disorders because of anger depression and the wish to be thin Teens that control their body weight gives them a sense of control in their lives Someone that suffers from an eating disorder is a person that uses food to work out emotional problems and tries to get rid of feelings by eating or dieting But what influences dieting in the first place Psychological influences and genetics are the main influences on eating disorders in general Mothers of anorexics are themselves focused on their own weight and appearance Woman struggle to make their bodies conform to the ideal female body and appearanceAnorexia nervosa is defined as a disorder in which a person becomes noticeably underweight yet feels fat and fears becoming obese Of all anorexics 95 of them are women under twenty This usually begins as a weight-loss diet and develops in adolescence Anorexics never believe that they are thin enough and they limit their intake of food They see themselves as too fat no amount of food is small enough and no weight is ever low enough By starving themselves it helps them deal with normal pressures of life as a teenage girl in society They begin to
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