April 13th, 2009
I did not write this but is from a fellow friend's Xanga:
Vegetarianism is a Teen Eating Disorder Now!
Some health news seem informative and interesting, but I think that things are just a little out of hand.
New studies and research are pointing towards believing that vegetarianism is a new teen eating disorder-fad. They say that teens are more concerned with losing weight than saving animals.
The studies show that, even though many teens claim to be pro-life for animals, they continue to eat chicken (about 1 in 4 teens) and even more continue to eat fish (about 56%). Along with that, 20% of teen vegetarians are said to be binge eaters, compared to the 5% of teen who eat meat.
This is from a felllow friend's xanga (not written by me). I am proud to announce that I am not a statistic as I DO care about animals and am practically vegetarian and I don't binge.
Okay. I guess these statistics would convince some of this claim. But not me. Although no longer a teen (but not far removed, as I'm only 22), I do seem to practice the no-four legged creatures rule that these teens follow. On occasion I'll eat a hamburger, but other than that, I tend to stay away from cow, lamb, pig, deer, or other hoofed animals. But does that mean that I'm binging, or a fake vegetarian? Definitely not. I would definitely not say that I have an eating disorder.
I wonder why it can't just be what it is, instead of doctors and scientists making it into a huge thing. Teens across the globe struggle with weight, and often try and find ways to mask their struggle. If a teen decides to go "vegetarian," shouldn't we just let them be? I don't see such a danger in binging on health foods, when it could have easily been the other way around.
I think we're a little too critical of eating habits. If you eat fast food more than once a week, you don't care about your health; if you skip a meal, you're anorexic; if you only eat chicken and fish, you have an eating disorder. I think people need to back off just a little bit.
How do you feel about the research pointing fingers at teens with eating disorders? Do you think that people are too sensitive about nutrition and healthy eating?
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One of the big problems is that every few years, research shows something different. So you'll get the big thing that beef is bad, causes bowel cancer, etc., and then five years later, scientists will find all this stuff that means eating beef is actually really good for you. Five years later, it swaps back, and so on through all sorts of food groups and diets.
I don't think researchers are just pointing their fingers at teens, everyone comes under fire about this stuff these days. There may be concerns with regards to teens, just because a portion of them won't actually do any research to make sure they are getting the right mix of vitamins and nutrients. That said, it's no worse than those folks that go on hideous diets.
As always, moderation is the key. Well that and a regular exercise routine, even if that routine is just a daily 30 minute walk. It's quite possible to exercise and be overweight, and to be healthier than the thinner person who never exercises.
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