Youths Struggle with Body Image | Learn What to Expect When Going Through Treatment For an Eating Disorder With Jeff and Kathy Long
As a young girl I struggled with my body image. Starting at the age of 12 I began noticing and comparing the difference between others’ bodies and mine. This is an ongoing struggle that so many face, especially teens and young adults, with 95% of people with eating disorders being between 12 and 25. It’s because of this that makes what Jeff and Kathy long do so important.
For years, the media has always showcased unrealistic and dangerous body standards, from models in magazines to actresses on TV. However, kids nowadays have even more exposure to these dangerous standards through social media. With filters, Photoshop, and strategically angled photos, an unattainable and unhealthy body has become normalized and desired.
No one understands this issue more than Jeff and Kathy Long. After their daughters’ long battle with Anorexia Nervosa, they decided to write their book A Parent’s Guide to Anorexia, which includes information on treatment options, support, and more, in order to help guide parents with a child going through Anorexia. Jeff and Kathy are also the founders of Teens 4 Teens Help, which is a nonprofit organization for young people struggling with mental health issues. Teens 4 Teens Help allows young people to share their experiences with recovery peer-to-peer in order to help others recover as well.
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