This essay stresses that the symptoms for eating disorders vary between each disorder, though they do have some similar symptoms. The most common symptoms associated with eating disorders include the adolescent being obsessed with their weight, depression or other mood disorders, a preoccupation with food, and negative self-image. Symptoms associated with anorexia nervosa include denying hunger, excessive exercising, dizziness, abdominal pain, and menstrual irregularities or amenorrhea, which is a complete loss of menstruation. Symptoms linked to bulimia nervosa are excessive exercising, self-induced vomiting, going to the bathroom after eating a snack or meal, damaged teeth, and sores in and around the mouth and throat.
This paper makes a conclusion that eating disorders affect thousands of adolescents each year. These eating disorders may be caused by society or media, a distorted self-image, or a family history of food-related disorders. The symptoms vary by disorder, though most of them are related to how a person views themselves and how they respond to what they perceive. There are numerous treatment options for adolescents suffering from eating disorders, including therapy, medications, and support programs to help them overcome feeling physically insufficient. When adolescents get the proper treatment that they need in a timely manner, and they get the support of their family, they stand the chance of overcoming their disorder and accepting themselves as they were created.