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EATING DISORDERS
AND YOU
A GUIDE FOR 12-14 YEAR OLD GIRLS
Facts
 Anyone can become the victim
of an eating disorder.
 Eating disorders are medical
problems: if you might have
one, get help!
 Girls are likelier to develop
eating disorders, because of the
unrealistic female image in the
media.
 There are two common types
of eating disorder: anorexia
and bulimia.
Originally from: Fundamentals of Abnormal
Psychology and Modern Life
(image source:
http://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/files/spring2008/anorexia2.jpg)
Anorexia: a disorder that
Bulimia: a disorder that
consists of avoiding food, eating
much less than you should, and
often exercising too much.
consists of eating huge amounts
(known as a binge), followed by
intentional vomiting or diarrhea
(known as a purge).
Other Information:
Other Information:
 Can be hard to tell apart
from just dieting.
 Many anorexics don’t
believe they have a
problem.
 Often affects people who
worry about control.
 Anorexics usually think
they are fat no matter what.
 Affects people with a lack
of self control in general.
 Bulimics often know they
have a problem but won’t
talk about it.
 Involves a lot of shame
guilt.
 Can be accompanied by
severe depression.
What can you do?
If YOU might be suffering from an
eating disorder
Talk to someone! Find a friend, relative,
counselor, or doctor that you’re comfortable
with and tell them what you’re worried
about.
Take a close look at your habits: are you
eating more than three or less than two
healthy meals a day? Do you always feel
fat? Do you often feel disgusted after you
eat a large amount?
Remember: an eating disorder is a disease.
It’s not your fault! Don’t ever feel ashamed
for getting help or just talking to someone
about how you feel.
If A FRIEND OR RELATIVE might be
suffering from an eating disorder
Talk to them. Be gentle and friendly, don’t tell
them they’re doing anything wrong, and don’t
try to force them to “admit” anything.
Pay attention to their attitude toward eating.
Do they frequently disappear after meals?
Are they losing a large amount of weight? Do
they insist that they are fat?
Remind them that whatever they are going
through is not their fault, and they are not
“wrong” or “broken,” they’re just sick—but
they can get better.
More Information and Help
 National Eating Disorders Association (for
information and help):
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
 The Renfrew Center Foundation
(information and links to eating disorder
clinics): http://www.renfrew.org/
 About-Face (website and organization
dedicated to promoting positive self and
cultural images for girls and women):
http://www.about-face.org/
 Never forget: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!
(image source: http://www.healthywomanusa.com/images/Silhouette%20of%20happy%20woman.jpg)
Translation by Katie Fox Allison. All information from: Carson, R.C., Butcher, J.N., &
Mineka, S.M. (2002). Fundamentals of abnormal psychology and modern life. Boston,
MA: Allyn and Bacon. (Pages 278-288)
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