Thursday, July 23, 2015

Eating Disorders and Teenagers: Programs, Treatments, & Help

In the United States, as many as 10 in 100 young women suffer from an eating disorder. Overeating related to tension, poor nutritional habits and food fads are relatively common eating problems for youngsters. In addition, two psychiatric eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia, are on the increase among teenage girls and young women and often run in families.These eating disorders also occur in boys, but less often.

Eating disorders may begin as a diet or new workout routine that gets more restrictive and obsessive over time. Teens may stop spending time with family or friends in order to exercise longer, or may cut out food groups until their diet consists of a limited number of low-calorie foods.
The most common teen eating disorders are:
  • Anorexia — Restricting food intake by dramatically limiting calories and/or exercising excessively.
  • Binge Eating Disorder — Regularly binging on large amounts of food without purging.
  • Bulimia — Binging on large amounts of food and then ridding the body of calories by purging. Purging behaviors may include forced vomiting, exercising excessively, or abusing laxatives or diuretics.

Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can be life-threatening. Health consequences may include heart conditions, kidney failure, diabetes, malnutrition, low blood pressure and anemia. Many teens with eating disorders also suffer from other problems such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse.


Treatment For Eating Disorders 
If an eating disorder is detected and treated early, the adolescent may require counseling or outpatient eating disorder treatment. In more severe cases, residential eating disorder treatment is often necessary. If a teen’s life is in immediate danger from medical or psychiatric problems, such as suicidal thoughts or behaviors or severe malnutrition, hospitalization may be required.

Treatment for teen eating disorders may include:
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Medication
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
Unhealthy patterns become harder to treat the longer they go on. Eating disorders do not go away on their own and can get much worse over time. If you notice eating disorder symptoms in your teen or your friend, start the conversation about getting help today. With treatment, teens can develop healthier coping skills and positive self-esteem.


The Ideal Weight for a Teenage Girl

Girls in their early teens grow and gain weight rapidly. A normal weight for a 13-year-old girl ranges from  74 to 147 lbs., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. For a 14-year-old girl, normal weights range from 81 to 158 lbs. A 15-year-old girl weighing from 88 to 165 lbs., is also of normal weight.
  
Girls in their later teens, girls continue to grow and gain weight, but their rate of growth slows. For a 16-year-old teenage girl, the CDC states that normal weight is between 92 to 171 lbs. This increases slightly to a range of 97 to 174 lbs., for a 17-year-old girl. A young woman of 18 is of normal weight if she's between 99 and 178 lbs. A normal weight for a 19-year-old young woman is 101 to 180 lbs.

It's normal for two people who are the same height and age to have very different weights. First, not everyone goes through puberty at the same time: Some kids start developing as early as age 8 and others might not develop until age 14. Second, people have different body types. Some are more muscular or shaped differently than others.

You can't point to a number on a scale as the "right" number, but it is possible to find out if you are in a healthy weight range for your height and age.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Teen Drinking and Driving

In the United States, car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers. If drunk driving statistics are to be believed, the rising trend of teenagers driving under the influence of alcohol is to be blamed for this.

In teenagers―those who resort to binge drinking in particular―alcohol is often the root cause of overconfidence of being able to handle anything. Then there is the case of peer pressure, wherein a teen will be forced to take the wheel when he is drunk, even if he doesn't want to. This, for some people, is just a means for deriving 'some fun'. In either case, driving safety takes the backseat, and what follows is a disaster. 

A boy in his teens is 18 times more likely to crash his vehicle when he has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05 percent than a boy in the same age group who is sober. In girls, the likelihood of a crash is three times more than what it is in case of boys.



Most of the drivers forget to use their seat belts after consuming alcohol. In 2010, 56 percent of drivers in the age group of 15 – 20 who were involved in fatal drunk driving crashes were reportedly not wearing their seat belts.
The adolescent brain is undergoing major brain development, and introducing alcohol to this fertile environment can have a lasting, negative impact on growth processes. StopTeenDUI, is a website created by California's Administrative Office of the Courts to inform teens and parents about the dangers of driving under the influence. Additional, long-term outcomes from underage drinking include a disruption of normal brain development, death of brain cells and alcoholism. In other words, the temporary, feel-good effects of alcohol have detrimental, long-term consequences that each teen should consider before choosing to engage in underage drinking.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

How to make sure our kids facebook posts are appropriate

If you have an underage child on Facebook – and this pertains to all ages of our kids on Facebook – We at Beauty Within Teen Esteem Foundation, strongly recommend that as part of the privilege and responsibility for using the site is that you be “friends” with your child.  This gives you an open door into what he/she posts, language used by them and others, unfamiliar friends, how much personal info they are sharing and choices they make. Parents need to set guidelines and boundaries with their children and let them know that your privilege for having a Facebook account comes only with complete and open access by you the parent. That to have this privilege you will be having ongoing discussion about “friends” on Facebook, posts and anything else you the parent feels necessary to discuss.  This is one way to help keep your child safe on line.

Aside from this, 13 is generally the age when kids start developing a broader understanding of the world around them and, along with that, a better sense of what's appropriate to share online. As young teens, kids also are developing a desire to control more of their activities as well as the maturity to handle that control.

If your kid is expressing interest in joining a social network, discuss the pros and cons and do your own research so you fully understand the implications of joining a particular network. If you want your kid to wait to sign up, consider pointing him or her toward more age-appropriate sites such as Yoursphere or Fanlala. Kuddle is also a quality Instagram substitute. It's also possible you can rally your kids' friends' parents to restrict their kids from Facebook, so you won't get that "but everyone is on it!" argument.

If your kid does end up joining a social network -- whether she's 10 or 16 -- here are some ground rules that work for many parents:
 
Tell your kids to think before they post. Remind them that everything can be seen by a vast, invisible audience (otherwise known as friends-of-friends-of-friends), and, once something's online, it's hard to take back.
Be respectful of others. Kids may use social media to act out because they feel anonymous and that their actions are consequence-free. Make sure they understand that the Internet is a giant community that works best when everyone respects each other.


The problem is that we never know who's really looking at our information.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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