Teen Eating Habits and Body Image

How you see your body is reflected in your thoughts and feelings. Your views, ideas, feelings, and body image are all interconnected. It may not represent exactly what you see in the mirror or what others view.

Comparing your body to what society and the media portray as the ideal body type and size may also lead to negative body image or dissatisfaction. Cultures and time may affect how people see the perfect physique. According to certain studies, some foreign-born women adopt the diet and body-image practices uncommon in their home countries after relocating to Australia.

Instead of trying to eat healthily or maintain a healthy weight, some individuals diet because they feel self-conscious about their bodies. Dieting may result in physical disease and sadness, particularly if your weight fluctuates after dieting, even though it’s crucial to maintain good eating habits.

It’s commonly known that even “moderate” dieting might raise the chance of getting an eating problem. Preoccupation with food-related thoughts might result from restricted eating or dieting. 

Each kid seeking treatment at SunCloudHealth has a unique teen eating disorder treatment plan that combines various approaches.

Disorders of eating

Eating disorders may arise when individuals are very concerned about losing control over their food and being overweight. They could start to feel and think about food and their bodies, which might lead to unhealthy eating and often excessive workout behaviors.

Anyone may develop an eating problem, but studies suggest that young individuals are especially susceptible. Serious mental problems like eating disorders may also accompany dangerous drug use or anxiety issues.

Among eating disorders are:

Anorexia Nervosa is a condition in which a teen severely reduces their food intake, leading to dangerously low body weight. They could avoid particular food categories, develop a compulsive calorie-counting habit, or develop restrictive eating habits and regulations. Despite being very underweight, they often see themselves as overweight. They may have severe health issues and wind up in the hospital.

Bulimia Nervosa is when a young person consumes a lot of food quickly and then induces vomiting, uses laxatives, or engages in extreme activity to prevent weight gain. It may be more difficult to detect an eating problem if their weight is within the usual range.

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a condition in which a young person’s eating sometimes spirals out of control. They consume a lot of food quickly, yet they don’t purge, throw up, or work out to “burn it off.” Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease are just a few health issues BED may cause.

Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) – The young person has issues with body image, disordered eating, and a severe fear of gaining weight. OSFED is just as dangerous even when the symptoms don’t exactly fall under one of the other eating disorder categories. It is the most prevalent condition diagnosed in adults and adolescents, males and females.

Your adolescent, family, and friends may have major physical, emotional, and social effects from eating disorders.

Eating disorders may be recovered, although it may take a long time. It’s advisable to pay attention to the warnings.

How to Make Teen Diets Better

Returning to a normal eating schedule, providing good, nutritional meals at mealtimes, encouraging a morning breakfast and school lunch every day, and nagging (just a little) about hydration and fiber intake are the best ways to change bad eating habits.

Taking these simple measures can help your adolescent maintain a nutritious diet, stay active, and acquire the nutrients he needs to develop into a healthy adult.

Counseling for Teen Eating Disorders

Individual and group treatment in a variety of modalities support long-term recovery from an adolescent eating disorder:

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT helps a distressed teen by providing clarity and insightful information. The emotions that often lead to a feeling of isolation are identified by CBT. The self-defeating beliefs and presumptions that make life more challenging are positively addressed.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): DBT teaches skills like emotional control and mindfulness. These abilities are immediately useful and become stronger with usage.

Teens with eating issues benefit greatly from experiential therapy. These include equine-assisted therapy, adventure therapy, art therapy, and music therapy. These methods support adolescent emotional exploration and strength-building through artistic expression and somatic integration.

It has been shown that mindfulness exercises like yoga and meditation are useful in treating adolescent eating issues.

A comprehensive approach to treating adolescent eating disorders is provided by SunCloudHealth.