I'm sure most people who saw this title ignored this article, and went
to the next. That's okay. I don't care. This article is not supposed
to be boring.
For those of you who clicked on my article heading and continued
reading, thank-you. You are doing yourself a great service. This article
is one that I consider special. It includes facts, and even one of my own
experiences. So, please, give my article a try. You might find it
interesting, and I hope it makes you more aware of the Deadly Three:
Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity.
I believe this is a very important issue to touch on, since it affects
basically everybody on Whyville. Teenagers 14-17 are most affected by these
eating disorders, and for some reason, scientists can't figure out exactly
why people have these illnesses. They are confusing, scary, and very
First is Anorexia, formally known as Anorexia Nervosa: 'nervous loss
of hunger illness'. Anorexia is severe revulsion towards eating that results in extreme thinness and sometimes death from self-inflicted starvation. In
other words, starving yourself.
I think the concept is stupid. Not
doing something as simple as eating. I always thought if you wanted to eat,
go on a diet of healthy foods, not starve yourself. I'm sure that's what
everyone thinks. However, peers, family, magazine covers, and so much more
can alter your thinking.
Here's this: 10-15 percent of anorexics die. Do
you understand that?! Thousands die from NOT eating! I, personally, think
it's ridiculous. You are really doing something selfish, because you are
hurting others around you.
Being anorexic causes you to be severely
malnourished, and your body shuts down. You become tired all the time,
and your eyes sink in. You loose hair on your head, but you grow it all
over everywhere else. You look skeletal, and your body starts wasting away. Then, if
you do decide to eat, you throw it all back up. You must be fed
through a tube, and in severe cases, be on life support. You might also be
in rehab for several years staring at pictures of food all day. Scary,
On the other hand, there is bulimia. This concept is somewhat the
same. Bulimic people binge on a bunch food, then go to the toilet and throw
it back up. It's disgusting. Many teenagers start by sticking their fingers
down their throats to make themselves regurgitate, then eventually do it
Here's a good fact for ya: bulimic persons only, uh, toss back
up half of the food that they've eaten, so they really aren't loosing that
If you're bulimic, your throat and stomach will become stretched and burned from the stomach acids that get thrown around when the food comes back up. Your teeth can get damaged severely. In the end, the consequences of bulimia are no different from anorexia. This disorder is often more repulsive and disgusting, but it's no better or worse than Anorexia. Who would ever think you would make such a difficult situation as such an easy thing as eating?
Lastly is obesity. Now, this is quite different from the previous
two eating disorders we have reviewed. Obesity may be an emotionally
triggered disorder, and you certainly do NOT lose weight. If you are
obese, you gorge on food and you usually sleep it off. You don't throw it
back up, it just sits there. You eat X-Large of everything, and don't do
enough to get rid of it. You become severely overweight.
Obesity is becoming more common in younger kids, who are fed too much, and can't help
their weight. Their parents are a factor in that. However, some teenagers
find solitude in eating. Or, when they are bored they eat a sugary snack.
As you can tell, I spoke mainly on anorexia. This is only because I
have dealt with this disorder myself. I was recently anorexic. My reason
was very stupid, and I regret what I did now. I did it for attention from
my friends. I wanted more people to notice me. Little did I know, I had
more friends than I thought I had.
I stopped eating all together. It
started out as a joke, then it got worse. Friends were telling me I looked
sick and tired all the time, and they were really worried about me. I was
just feeding off all of the attention and worries.
I successfully defeated anorexia, and I hope that no Whyvillian ever
has to go through what I did. It's a terrible emotional disorder and it
deteriorates your mind, body, and soul. All I ask is that you never put
yourself through this kind of pain. Love yourself for who you are; you are
special to so many people. If you absolutely think you need to lose
weight, starving yourself isn't the way to go. Eat a healthy diet, and
don't ever skip meals.
Thank you for staying with me and reading this article for those of
you who did. I hope my article taught you something, and educated you in
the dangers of eating disorders. Thanks again, and have a nice day. Also,
feel free to write me with any questions, comments, or concerns about this
Your Devoted Reporter,