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Teen Report: Eating Disorders

Experts say one out of every four teenage girls has an eating disorder. They say rail-thin supermodels and celebrities may play a pivotal role in how teens view themselves.

Annie Roberts is a happy healthy senior at Chiles High School, but two years ago, Annie was battling anorexia.

She says her mother realized something was wrong and took her to a doctor for help to end the life threatening disease, a disease she says began after being ridiculed about her weight.

"I was emotionally abused by my dad when I was little; he used to tease me and call me fat, and it just made me eat more and then the teasing got worse from my peers, and I just decided that I was going to do something about it."

Roberts says she began to exercise excessively and started eating less, and then refused to eat at all.

Finally, two years of treatment with a local doctor helped her overcome her eating disorder.

Doctors say aside from peer pressure the media may influence teens.

"I think with females thin is in at any cost and young females look for people in the limelight to emulate to be their models and I think when they look and see what's portrayed in so many times our models today are 23-25 percent under body weight and that's starvation."

In fact, the disease made headlines this year when pint size actor Mary-Kate Olson was taken to a hospital for the anorexia, a disease that if not caught in time could have deadly consequences.


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