Self Image is something that many of us struggle with as teenagers. Today’s media portray a very specific image of what attractive young men and women look like. Perfection is promoted through make up aids, pop culture magazines, and on many fashion runways. Many teens attempt to meet these social and physical standards. Many struggle with body image insecurity and can sometimes develop an eating disorder. Many people believe an eating disorder only involves eating food then purging it. There are three major eating disorders bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating. Bulimia is when a person binges on food or has regular episodes of overeating and feels a loss of control. The person then uses different methods, such as vomiting or abusing laxatives in order to prevent weight gain. People who have anorexia have an intense fear of gaining weight. They severely limit the amount of food they eat and can become dangerously thin. Binge-eating disorders are serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food. These eating disorders can stem from many issues such as depression. If you have any friends you know struggle with any of these diseases’ please refer them to the teen support line (800) TLC-TEEN (852-8336) (toll-free in California only).