Your Opinion: Eating disorders unhealthy

Dear Editor:

Do you know anyone with an eating disorder? A large number of teen girls turn to bulimia and other certain types of eating disorders to lose weight and feel better about their body image. There are about 10 million girls/women who have them in America. Also, according to the National Eating Disorder Association, one in 200 women in America suffer from anorexia and two to three in every 100 women in America suffer from bulimia.

These are all seriously unhealthy decisions and can lead to many major health issues. If you feel insecure about yourself or your body type, don’t turn to any eating disorders.

Think about your diet, what you are putting in your body on a daily basis. Are you getting enough nutrition and vitamins? Enough protein and calcium? Instead of ice cream or chips go for grapes and if you feel you need dessert have a Hershey kiss or a Dove chocolate.

What do you think people would see in you if you chose to go down that path? They might think you are sick and just trying to fit in. If you feel like you have to be skinny to be accepted, I think you are wrong. The only thing you need to be accepted is confidence, happiness and a good attitude.

Personally I don’t care about fitting in or being in the “in-crowd.” I don’t think anyone should have to feel un-cool. A solution I have in mind is for girls all over to know in their hearts that they are beautiful. God made them the way they are because he thinks they are sincerely beautiful and they might realize that being stick skinny isn’t what makes you beautiful.

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