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Up until now you probably haven’t really paid too close attention to your weight. You’ve probably been more focused on your height and growing taller, making you feel more “grown up,” but now, being in middle school and starting to have attractions, you start to think about your overall physical appearance. This is true in both boys and girls but it is especially evident in girls. That awareness can lead to some serious eating problems.
Pick up any magazine, look at any billboard, look at commercials on TV, look at actresses, models and singers and you will notice that, for the most part, they are all “thin” and sometimes “really thin.” Fashion magazines often use girls between the ages of 12 and 15 to model “grown up” clothing. This projects the image that “women” should look like young “girls.”
These girls (made to look like grown women) barely have any figure yet but girls and women who read and look at these magazines see the glamour and think that in order to have glamour and excitement in their life, they must look like these girls (unrealistic women). Shapes, curves and any meat on their bones becomes a “no-no” and so they alter their eating habits so they can try to transform their bodies into what they perceive is the “perfect” body.
Boys can fall into this category as well but mostly, boys reinforce the ultra-thin image by their verbal and outward display of their “enjoyment” at looking at these unrealistic, flawless girl-like women. They find them “attractive” and berate or snicker at girls who don’t fit into the mold. This then causes the girls around them to look at their own bodies in a very negative, sometimes hateful, way. It then becomes a young girl’s thought process to believe that in order to get a boy to like her and to look at her, she must look like what the boy(s) seem to like in physical appearance. Food then becomes their enemy to achieving that goal.
Eating disorders are then borne out of extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight. How a person reacts in attacking their own bodies is done in a number of different ways that can include becoming anorexic, bulimic or a binge eater. There are several other forms of eating disorders but for this quiz, we will focus on these three.