Psychologist and author of best-selling book "Hope, Help and Healing for Eating Disorders," Dr. Gregg Jantz, claims self-image problems as well as awareness of sexuality can lead to unhealthy eating choices in young girls.
The eating disorder expert and author of 28 books, suggest that obsession with body image in teens, sensationalized by media, can lead to more severe issues with eating.
"The projections of beauty, sexuality and self-worth set by today's media culture often create disturbing impressions and unhealthy expectations on today's children," Dr. Jantz says. "We have seen a dramatic increase in the sexualization of young girls as a leading contributor of disordered eating, and it is an issue that we are spending more and more time addressing. As we prepare for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, it is paramount that we address not only the treatment and symptoms of eating disorders, but the causes as well."
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Unfortunately, eating disorders not only lead to unhealthy weight loss, but other serious health issues as well.
According to WebMd, these bad eating habits can cause major life threatening health problems. The three main types of eating disorders are: Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge eating.
National Eating Disorder Awareness Week will be recognized February 23-29.
Dr. Jantz, the founder of The Center, A Place of Hope, a treatment center in Edmonds, Washington, is a world-recognized expert and innovator in the treatment of behavioral disorders and addictions. He is also a leading mental health psychologist, focusing on his renowned whole-person care approach to treatment. His facility is recognized as the #1 Treatment Center for Depression in the U.S.