Teen Health Course 3

Chapter 11: Your Body Image

Student Web Activities - Lesson 2 - Understanding and Coping with Eating Disorders

Understanding and Coping with Eating Disorders


Between 5 and 10 million people suffer from eating disorders, and experts estimate that this includes 1% of American teens. But what causes eating disorders to develop and what can be done to prevent them? On the Web site below you will learn about some of the complex issues surrounding these disorders.

Link to explore : Something Fishy:


  • Start at the Something Fishy Web site.
  • Read through the first page on the causes of eating disorders, then click on and read the "Society" and "Food and Eating" links.
  • Take notes as you read.
  • When you are done reading, answer the questions below.
  • Finally, using the information from the link, create a "What You Should Know About Eating Disorders" booklet. Include an explanation of what an eating disorder is, what the symptoms are, and a list of resources where teens can go for help.

What is the one symptom that all people with an eating disorder have?
What are three ways the media contributes to dieting and size discrimination?
How does lack of education contribute to the development of eating disorders in teens?
Which three groups of people are especially at risk of developing eating disorders?
What is one of the biggest mistakes made with kids with regards to food?
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