Adolescents have a tendency to get affected by the opinion and reactions of people around them. The physical, psychological and emotional changes during puberty make them vulnerable to the comments from peers, parents and other people in the society. Sadly, what really affects their thinking and self-esteem is the physical attributes and the body image that they have (Heller 42).Young adults become overly conscious about their bodies and begin achieving the body image that is set by the material is driven media and society (Heller 42). The attempt to achieve ‘perfect’ body makes them resort to unhealthy and life threatening eating habits to reduce their weight and gain a thin body. The statistics of people suffering from eating disorders and related problems show how important it is to take immediate actions to eradicate the prevalence of eating disorders in young people.
In the U.S. alone, the number of people suffering from eating disorder is nearly 24 million (“Eating Disorders Statistics”). Sadly, only 35% of people suffering from eating disorders seek professional help (“Eating Disorders Statistics”). The eating disorder is considered not only a physical problem but also a psychological problem. The rate of mortality among people suffering from eating disorder is more than the rate of mortality among people suffering from other mental illnesses (“Eating Disorders Statistics”). This shows that eating disorder is not just dangerous for physical and mental health, but is also life threatening in nature. Moreover, surveys have revealed that the age group that is more at risk of developing eating disorder is from 16 to 20 years (“Eating Disorders Statistics”). 86% of young adults have reported that they have developed eating disorder by the age of 20 and in 46% of those the disorder had started between 16 and 20 years of age (“Eating Disorders Statistics”). These statistics show that eating disorders develop at a very young age. Also, surveys have revealed that girls are more at risk than boys, in developing eating disorders. In a survey on college campuses, it was found that 91% of women had tried to gain ‘perfect’ weight through different weight management methods (“Eating Disorde