This essay is about teenage eating disorders. There Causes and the cures

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Teenagers and Their Issues With Eating Disorders

A social issue that continues to cause concern for many teenagers, is the problem of eating disorders. Eating disorders come in a variety of ways, such as eating large quantities of food and an obsession with thinness. The three most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Obesity. These conditions effect many teens around the world. They are real, complex, and devastating situations, which can have serious consequences. This is particularly worrisome, as some teenagers are very vulnerable to such disorders.

The first and most common eating disorder nearly affecting 10 out of 100 teenagers each year is Anorexia Nervosa. Anorexia means the loss of appetite; however, this is a mental illness in which She has an intense fear of gaining weight. She has a distorted perception of her weight and body shape. The typical anorexia tends to be controlling, a great overachiever, and a perfectionist who strives to please other people.

However, Anorexia isn't just a problem with food or weight; it's an attempt to use food and weight to deal with emotional problems.

The second type of major eating disorder that affects teens is Bulimia Nervosa. Bulimia is an eating disorder in which people binge and then vomit to rid themselves of food. Some teens may use laxatives and do excessive exercise to control their weight. Many bulimics will hide food from themselves or even pour detergent on their food to make sure they don't eat it. These teens have a low self-esteem and consider themselves ugly. They suffer nutritional deficiencies and often have low blood pressure, mood swings, fatigue, and poor a health. The consequences are far reaching and can affect their physical mental health. Some never recover and die.

The third classified eating disorder is...