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The Increased Danger of Eating Disorders in Obese Teens

Eating disorder behaviors particularly endanger the lives of overweight teens who don’t fit the stereotypical image of an already thin person wasting away to skin and bones. In high schools, 55 percent of females and 30 percent of males fast; take diuretics, laxatives, and diet pills; binge eat; and vomit. These eating disorder behaviors particularly endanger the lives of overweight teens who don’t fit the stereotypical image of an already thin person wasting away to skin and bones. Overweight teens are bombarded with the message they should be thin, when the focus should be on being healthy. When eating right and exercising don’t work out, all the negative attention and criticism can easily lead to eating disorders, especially for those with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive thoughts, or low self-esteem.When they lose weight, they’re showered with compliments, which reinforce the bad habits and denial. The Mayo Clinic’s Leslie Sim says that because they are still overwe

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