Common Teen Eating Disorders

Common teen eating disorders are starvation, anorexia and bulimia.

It’s very important to eat a balanced diet as a teenager. Healthy fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals work as a team. They keep your body healthy. Eating disorders destabilize this healthy balance of nutrients.


Starvation is a common teen eating disorder. It is not as serious as anorexia though.

Some teenage girls starve themselves before a big social event such as prom night or a big party.

This is a common teen eating disorder but it also affects adults. Women’s magazines advertise the latest diets every week. These fad diets often emphasize eating a particular food as a way to lose weight. The person ends up eating only that particular fruit or vegetable. This leads to malnutrition and ultimately starvation to make the diet “work”.

When you starve yourself, your body begins to draw on its reserves. The first reserve is fat. If you starve yourself long enough, your body begins to feed off its own muscles. You become lethargic and weak.


portrait of a posing anorectic girl

This is a very serious eating disorder. Teenage girls are usually the victims of anorexia. It usually starts around age fifteen. They become obsessed with losing weight.

Anorectics are often reluctant to eat any food at all. Anorectics think they are fat even though they are extremely thin.

Anorexia leads to complicated illnesses and ultimately death if left untreated. It takes six to eight weeks to die from starvation.


Bulimia is another serious teen eating disorder. It also usually starts in the teenage years and can last through adulthood if left untreated.

bulimic woman measuring her weight

People who suffer from bulimia eat large amounts of food at a go. They then vomit their food so as not to gain weight. Some bulimics take laxatives. Both of these damage your body.

Bulimia mostly affects women. Teenage girls who suffer from this eating disorder usually have low self-esteem but high standards for the way they look.


Having an eating disorder is psychologically disturbing. Talk to someone if you have one. Don’t be shy to tell your parents, your friend or anyone else that you trust.

Once you’ve told someone you can then be helped. Most likely you’ll see a psychologist and a doctor. You’ll also be referred to a nutritionist who will write you a healthy diet plan.

No one wants to be fat. But it’s important to remember that you are going through puberty. Your bones and muscles are growing. So you need lots of healthy nutrients.

You can play a sport to manage your weight. If you have no interest in sports then joining a gym is the perfect solution. There are a variety of group classes that you can join there. There definitely will be one that you will like. You’ll make friends and meet people with the same weight as you and they’ll give you exercise tips and support.

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