Preventive Care Services: Take Charge of Your Well-being
Today, teens are seeing very skinny models in the media, touched up images and celebrities making them question their own weight and feel pressure to look a certain way. Because of these pressures, many young women become unhappy with the way they look, which turns into a negative body image and low self-esteem. Although it’s normal for teens to not always feel happy with their bodies, it’s important for teens to find ways to feel comfortable with the natural shape and size of their bodies. Young women who have a poor body image and those who diet are at risk of developing an eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating disorder.
At least 30 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder.2, 3 Even though it touches so many people, it is more common in women, who have a 1.5 percent higher chance of developing anorexia and bulimia than men. Eating disorders are more common among adolescent females9, affecting up to 5 percent, a rate that has increased over the past 30 years.10,11
Eating disorders are very serious and cause problems to a person’s eating behaviors. An eating disorder may arise when a person becomes fixated on food, body weight, and/or body shape. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.
Below are some of the more common symptoms of different eating disorders:
Binge Eating Disorder
How do eating disorders affect a young woman's health?
How can I help a young woman I know with an eating disorder?If you’re afraid that someone you care about may have an eating disorder, it’s important to try and speak to them about it.
With professional help, eating disorders can be treated. People suffering from an eating disorder can work toward living a long and healthy life if they have the appropriate support system, services and medical care.
Do you have any further questions about eating disorders or any other mental health conditions? Reach out to us at BHQualityImprovement@bcbsnm.com
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