Eating disorders



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Eating disorders
Only about one in ten adolescents gets the recommended amount fruit and vegetables. More than half of all teen girls say they are or should be on a diet. Eating disorders, bulimia and anorexia are increased. The health effects include osteoporosis, organ failure and even death. While far more common girls, boys are also vulnerable, they have their own obsession: muscular look.
Creatine and amnio acid supplement used by athletes to build muscle power is now “the hot new thing” among teen boys.
Today one in five teens is overweight, putting them at increased risk for heart disease. Sedentary life style is a big part of the problems. Enrolment in high school physical education classes dropped from 42% in 1991 to 25% in 1995. Many teens after school are watching TV or surfing the internet.

The teenagers get at last 9 hours of sleep every night, but only about 15% do.

Drinking, drugs and smoking
Drinking, used drugs and smoke cigarettes are all held fairly steady or declined slightly last year after climbing between 1990 and 1995. But still, there are more than 3000 new young cigarette smokers every day in Michigan. About one in twenty high scholars has used the club-drug ecstasy.

Mental health
Eating disorders sleep problems and substance abuse can all be critical clues to mental turmoil. 13% of children between 9 and 17 suffer conditions ranging from chronic worrying to severe social phobia. The big concern is suicide and depression. Every year one in 13 high-school students attempts suicide.

Drug dilemma
The American society is split in two factions: one believe that drugs should remain illegal and vigilant to try to stop the drug trade. They say that legalization of soft drug would open floodgates of drug use and release a new wave of adverse social effects. One believe that the war as wasteful heaven harmful and consider the government’s prohibitions policy on intrusion on the rights of private citizen. They predict this will reduce the crime and violence associated with illegal drug trade.