Being a teenager in the 21st century has its trials and tribulations. Not only are students beginning to do more drugs, alcohol and smoke, but their self-esteem is constantly challenged. Often it is because of peer pressure. Two of the most common disorders resulting from peer pressure and lack of self-esteem are the diseases known as Anorexia and Bulimia. I believe teenagers should stop killing themselves through starvation. I also believe that we should have more confidence in ourselves because we are all different and unique. Lastly, I believe that society should change the way "beautiful" females are portrayed.
Anorexia is an eating disorder in which a person (mostly females) starves himself or herself so they can look skinny in appearance. People who choose to become Anorexic or Bulimic are unhappy with their current state, so they result to starving themselves to feel better about how they look. Unfortunately, these conditions can cause a person to continue to lose weight, even if they weigh an unhealthy 85 pounds. .
These two diseases, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are very different. A person with Anorexia would be a strict vegetarian who would not eat any fat, sugar, or starch. This person would also over train themselves by exercising daily for a long amount of time. People with Bulimia on the other hand, would eat a ton of food such as a whole box of cookies or a tub of ice cream. After the food is swallowed, the person would throw up. Therefore, these people are starving themselves because their body is not gaining the nutrients it needs to survive.
I believe resorting to Anorexia and Bulimia is dangerous. Television, movies and magazines portray models, actresses and beautiful people as athletic and skinny. In addition, at schools students in the popular cliques tend to be thin and pretty. These images are telling students or teenagers that they need to be thin to be popular.