It’s the time of year again. New Year, new me and “actors” appear determined to make their money out of diet supplements and’belly-blasting DVDs’ but are they fuelling eating disorders in teens? As social media enables fans to become closer to their idols the existence of media and body image is almost impossible to escape.

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Die neuen Idole der Teenager sind die Stars von Reality-Shows wie Geordie Shore und Made in Chelsea, und die Nutzung sozialer Medien ermöglicht es jungen Frauen (und Jungen), sich an alle Aspekte ihres Lebens zu halten; von ihrer Garderobe bis hin zu ihren eigenen Essgewohnheiten. Täglich wird in den sozialen Netzwerken daran erinnert, dass ein anderer TOWIE-Star 2 Kleidergrößen abgenommen hat und durch ein neues Model glücklicher ist als je zuvor. Strategie oder Bilder von Nahrungsergänzungsmitteln, die "Vicky Pattison" anstelle ihrer mit.

During your teens your body is undergoing many changes during puberty and whilst in this important transition period it’s imperative to intake the ideal nutrients so as to develop. Eating disorders may result in being underweight at this important stage of your life and might result in a lack of , deficiencies, a weakened immune system, delayed periods and harm to future .

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Als letztes Leiden der /bulimia nervosa I know what a difference media may have to a young woman’s eating habits. I suffered mostly around age 13, I used to go through phases of hungry myself before binge-eating and making myself vomit. Undertaking in a great deal of exercise also kept my weight but I also used this as an excuse for my lanky look. My eating disorder was driven by the continuous images that I started to see of the ideal bikini body around the front of publications along with my lack of self-esteem.

Luckily I was able to battle the status by myself about a year and it was not until a year or two later I came to the realisation that I’d suffered from an eating disorder. Now aged 20, considered”normal weight” in 59kg I’m trying to tone up and lose a little weight but now through eating my 5 a day, substituting snacks with lower alternatives and exercising regularly.


By seeing celebrities losing considerable amounts of weight in only months I can not help wondering if this boosts intense and frequently short-term solutions to weight loss. A worrying idea considering the teens that avidly follow these celebrities. Instead the promotion of a healthy and regular exercise is critical. The fundamentals of healthy eating should be upheld; especially eating five servings of fruit and per day, the importance of breakfast and highlighting foods around starchy carbohydrates. In addition to this joining a team sport can help teens lead an active healthy lifestyle in addition to increasing social interaction and developing personal skills.