Magazines, TV shows and just about everybody tells us that we should be eating healthily, but sometimes food can become an unhealthy obsession.
A boy’s view
“Fashions change fast and the desire to fit into those new clothes has never been greater, which is why so many teens will now begin unhealthy diets to shed the pounds fast!
Anyone can get an eating disorder regardless of their gender, age, race or background. However, according to the Eating Disorder Association, young women are most at risk, particularly between the ages of 15-25.
You may want to mirror your idols, but starving yourself will have the reverse effect. Not only may it cause you severe health problems and permanent damage to your internal organs, but if you deny your body food, it goes into starvation mode slowing down any occurring weight loss.
If you want to lose weight, but most importantly keep it off, then follow a balanced diet and incorporate 30 minutes of exercise into each day. You’ll be glad you did at a later date.
If you wish to lose more than a few pounds and are planning on dropping multiple dress sizes, it might be a good idea to seek advice from your GP as to the best way of going about it
Healthy eating is a safer alternative to life threatening starvation; don’t fall into the trap.”
A girl’s view
“As I was eating my lunch last week I couldn’t help over hear a conversation that was taking place on the table beside me. Perched on the chairs were four girls about the same age as me, sharing one portion of salad. They were talking about their figures, and how much weight they needed to lose.
As I looked at them I was shocked to find that they were all incredibly skinny, and looked as though they needed to gain weight, not lose it.
This obsession with being tiny is taking over all common sense; surely they know that a salad shared between them isn’t enough to get them through the day?
The same story goes for most of my friends. If you offer them a crisp they refuse to take one unless they have checked the fat and calorie content on the back of the packet and compared it to their daily intake.
A particular friend of mine has been on a diet ever since I can remember. She gets depressed when she sees chocolate or fast food because she has got it into her mind that she doesn’t deserve it. The thing that annoys me is that she is in no way overweight; she is an average shape and size.
I’m not an unhealthy eater; I eat three main meals a day without fail and they nearly always include all of the main food groups. I also exercise regularly and still eat the occasional portion of fish and chips or Mars bar.
I am not fat or overweight, I am healthy and the right weight for my height. But even if I was bigger than all my friends, why should that drive me to starve myself?
Everyone is beautiful in their own right and we shouldn’t have to compare ourselves to others. Be happy with who you are and don’t spend your time worrying about the calorie content in a stick of carrot. The only way you can be beautiful on the outside, is if you feel beautiful on the inside. So throw your diet books away and be happy with whoever you are!”