Teen anorexia, teenage eating disorders and teen bullying are on the rise. Many anorexic girls are severely affected by the pressure to be thin, which translates into being accepted. Parents tend to encourage their children not to care what other people think, but what happens when those words of encouragement just aren't enough?
In the years since I've been in high school ... I'm in denial as to how long it's actually been ;) ... but it's unbelievable how times have changed. Kids these days seem to grow up just too darned fast, but at what cost? Is teen anorexia the result of too much pressure?
On the other hand, not much has changed at all. Teenagers are still developing into a men and women, and hormones are raging. They're all trying to make the transition from childhood to adulthood, just as before.
Adolescence is often the most demanding and difficult time in a person's life. This is due to a complex set of emotional and psychological changes that are going on inside the body.
The ultimate goal, of course, is to discover their identity and who they will be as adults.
As if that's not a hard enough task, throw into the mix a whole slew of additional pressures, coming at them from all directions. The pressures today are much more intense than I remember them back in 1980's.
It seems that a large part of that intensity is due to modern technology.
Teens and the internet. Could there be any easier access to teen anorexia? Otherwise known as thinspo or thinspiration, these messages have kids believing that life is all about appearance.
It's no secret that young people are flocking to pro ana websites in droves. Why?
Teen peer pressure and teen bullying are major problems these days, particularly for young women. Everybody wants to be thin, and if you don't conform to that ideal body image, then you're treated like trash - or worse.
Media influence on body image is another one of the major contributors to teenage eating disorders.
Anxiety in teens may be related to anorexia in teenage girls. Studies have shown that there is correlation between anxiety and the development of eating disorders.
I remember back in school, I suffered from a chronic case of test taking anxiety. It didn't seem to matter how hard or how long I studied for an exam, I would always freeze up as soon as it started.
It seems like the more emphasis that was put on the exam score, the more nervous I was.
My mind would go blank, and I know I wasn't the only one. In fact, it's more common than we think. The responses are similar to those who suffer from anxiety attack symptoms. Read more about the causes of test anxiety.
There can be many causes of teen anorexia and other teenage eating disorders. Psychologists do not fully understand them all, but one thing is for sure - they are much more than the fallout from fashion opportunism.
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