Eating Disorders Affect Students

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Carly Arsenault, Equipment Manager

Approximately 11 percent of high school students have been diagnosed with an eating disorder according to the website Eating Disorder Hope, but that is not including the students who don’t receive help. Copious amounts of students and employees suffer with an eating disorder around the world.

One LHHS student, who didn’t want to be named, explained that people with eating disorders don’t share their issues with the people around them because they believe they will be judged. National Eating Disorders states that people perceive disorders as negative and typically don’t want to know other people’s issues.

This student said they have bulimia, but what is it exactly? WebMD explained that bulimia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder where a person binge eats and then self-induces vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.

The simple, three-letter word “fat” can have a much bigger impact than people realize. Being called this word is often the direct cause of eating disorders.

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At Lake Havasu High, it is a second class offense with a minimum of 3 days of in school suspension to be disrespectful towards another student. So even insulting someone for their weight, regardless of the scale, could have consequences not only at school but also mentally for that victim.