Many young people worry about their looks including their weight and shape. There is pressure from peers as well as the media in general to look perfect and many youngsters want to be thinner, even though they are not overweight in the first place.
Young people are particularly susceptible to being influenced by images on social media, which very often are unrealistic and altered in some way by photo manipulation. The desire to lose weight can lead to extreme dieting or skipping meals which can very easily spiral out of control and turn into a serious eating disorder.
Symptoms of eating problems in young people include:
- A fear of gaining weight
- Being obsessed with looks (too fat, not enough muscle)
- Avoiding eating with family and friends
- Being very fussy about what they eat
- Eats in secret, hides food in their room
- Lacks appetite and has a change in eating habits
If anyone is worried that a young person is developing an eating disorder, they should seek professional help as soon as possible.
Eating Disorders Topics for Schools
- Eating Disorders in Young People
- Signs of an Eating Disorder
- Dealing with Eating Disorders
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