Eating Disorders from Teens

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Suicidal Behavior and Depression in Adolescents with Eating Disorders

(Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa)

Eating disorders affect people around the world every day. There are different types of eating disorders that people are dealing with in their daily life. Having a eating disorder in adolescence years to early adulthood years can lead to many problems. The eating disorder can affect your body physically and mentally in later years in life. For example; anorexia is an eating disorder, this eating disorder affects many people every day and leads to many problems for people. Anorexia is a psychological disorder/disease that will ruin every aspect of your life. Your whole world becomes focused on food, weight, calories, exercise, and more importantly, total control over what goes into your body. It is usually more of a control issue than a weight issue. Depression can lead to eating disorders and eating disorders can lead to depression.

People that have eating disorders like anorexia usually are depressed and being depressed leads to suicidal thoughts. According to the article Suicidal behavior and depression in adolescents with eating disorders, "Suicidal behavior is common in people with eating disorders with rates for at least one attempted suicide ranging from 5.7% to 28%" (32). Sometimes when people that are depressed or unhappy will become anorexic and these people will sometimes attempt suicide. People that have an eating disorder like anorexia become obsessed with losing weight and literally starve themselves. According to the article Suicidal behavior and depression in adolescents with eating disorders, "The variables that explain or predict suicidal behavior in patients with eating disorders, and especially adolescents, are also obscure. In previous studies, conducted mainly in adults, eating-disordered subjects with or without a history of suicidal behavior were distinguished mainly by clinical features of the eating disorders...