Teenagers and Eating Problems, Vices

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When both eating disorders and heavy drinking come together, this puts the person into a greater health problem in the future, a new research suggests.

Among the teen agers or college level students, eating disorders are very common; this is usually because of the physiological changes that the person undergoes as a result of the transition between puberty and adulthood or early adolescence. This transition puts stress to the person and as a way of compensating and overcoming the stress; these people tend to relieve stress by eating which accompanies concerns for body figures and aesthetic beauty.

In addition, heavy drinking habits are as well commonly observed in teens because of peer grouping. They consider drinking as a time to socialize and mingle with their friends, and sometimes peer pressure is very eminent in these scenarios. Hence, in the end teens tend to over do drinking which results to bad habits.

The alarming health issue in connection with these eating disorders and heavy drinking habits of the teens is that when it is combined, the health of that individual is on a greater health dilemma in the future according to the new research conducted. The combination of these two unhealthy habits is already known now as “Drunkorexia.”

The study was presented at the American Psychopathological Association in March and the Research Society on Alcoholism in June. The lead author of the study is Victoria Osborne, assistant professor of social work and public health, which was co-authored by Kenneth Sher, Curator’s Distinguished Professor of psychological sciences and Rachel Winograd, a doctoral student in psychological sciences.

The researchers examined reports from a survey, and they found out that there are about 16 per cent of individuals surveyed, reported that they are trying to restrict themselves with calories from eating to accommodate additional calories from drinking. It was also found out that the gender proportion of people who have the condition of “drunkorexia” is composed of mostly women who are three times as many than those male who also have the same condition. According also to the report, these individuals who have “drunkorexia” were conscious in gaining weight, and want to be intoxicated with the beverage much faster.

“Apart from each other, depriving the brain of adequate nutrition and consuming large amounts of alcohol can be dangerous,” Osborne said. “It is important that young people understand the risks of this behavior,” she further added.



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