Eating Disorders in Adolescent Girls

Eating disorders are complex conditions arising from persistent eating habits (Fairburn & Harrison, 2003). The disorders often have negative psychological and physiological impacts on the victims. Disorders can happen at any age, but are more prevalent in adolescents, especially adolescent girls. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorders are among the most common types of eating disorders among adolescents. This paper aims to examine the three eating disorders amongst the adolescent girls and recommend the potentially useful diagnostics and counseling protocols.

Anorexia nervosa leads the adolescents to strictly restrict themselves from food and control the quality and quantity of food intake. The binge-eating disorder causes one to eat in alternating episodes, with a lot of shame and guilt (Fairburn & Harrison, 2003). Lastly, bulimia nervosa drives one to engage in binge eating episodes, marked with bouts of guilt and is associated with compensatory behavio...