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Eating disorders are the number one mental illness that is killing teenage girls. Did you know that? Do you know the signs to watch out for in young women and friends?

Why do you think eating disorders are growing so rapidly?

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Wow I did not know that statistic. It's very scary.

Other than a substantial weight loss and maybe someone talking excessively about their weight issues and going on fad diets... they are probably the obvious signs that would stick out to me.

It is a difficult situation to figure out as I would say all girls go through the phase in life where they obsess over their weight.

I hate to blame the usual suspects, but in my opinion it all stems from these thin supermodels or celebrities who are time and time again portrayed by the media to be role models for young girls, thus making girls want to be just like them, looks wise, weight wise etc.

It creates an unreal expectation for young girls and I think more emphasis should be put on sportswomen to be role models as they can show the proper way to keep in shape and be healthy without the need for the drastic measures of an eating disorder.

I learnt the hard way when my daughter entered treatment for anorexia. Unfortunately we think that we will notice the weight loss but by the time they start dropping it's often too late and the ED has taken charge of their minds.

I think the emphasis on "beauty" is a huge problem, but the emphasis on health is another one because the images of health we are presented in magazines and on TV are so unrealistic and airbrushed. One of the scariest things is that eating disorders frequently begin as a health fad rather than as a quest to lose weight.
I didn't know they were that prevalent but having attended a girls' only school, I was fairly aware of just how many "hidden" eating disorders there are. It's a scary topic and I think it also affects boys too, though maybe not as badly. The pressure of media and culture to look a particular way or to fit into a very rigid image is highly concerning for me.
I don't believe I have the slightest clue of the prevalence of eating disorders.
by Gia
Far out! I did not know that. I always assumed the stats were high, but that I did not expect.

Why are they growing so rapidly? Because of sick people whose livelihoods depend on exploiting the fears and anxieties of young women.

Celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Kim K. exacerbate the problem by stripping down and posting images of themselves on the internet. You can have a nice body and enjoy it without boasting about it. With many factors contributing to low self-esteem and negative body image, these celebrities are doing more harm than good.

We are competitive by nature - stop adding fuel to the fire.

Anyway, that's my two bob's worth. Take from it what you will.
by Vee
Yes, I think they are very prevalent and mainly in girls.

I have a co worker who has an eating disorder however she will not put a name to it. She thinks she is far too thin but cannot do anything about it.

We all went out for lunch at a chocolate place and this lady had a coffee for lunch -rather sad.

There are other healthy problems associated with this disease also.
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