The Dangers of Dieting in Adolescence

Did you know?

In a large study of 14- and 15-year-olds, dieting was the most important predictor of a developing eating disorder. Those who dieted moderately were 5x more likely to develop an eating disorder, and those who practiced extreme restriction were 18x more likely to develop an eating disorder than those who did not diet.*

Diet culture urges you to be at war with food and your body in the guise of “health.” Being at peace with food and your body is healthy. When we are children, we use our bodies to tell us when to eat. The connection is disrupted when using diets, food rules, and other weight manipulating techniques. Your body holds a lot of wisdom and is constantly trying to communicate its needs. Listening to, nourishing, and practicing kindness and gratitude towards your body is healthy. 


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*Source: NEDA website (https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/). Study: Golden, N. H., Schneider, M., & Wood, C. (2016). Preventing Obesity and Eating Disorders in Adolescents. Pediatrics, 138(3). doi:10.1542/peds.2016-1649