I am going to highlight some important posts from the past ten years and repost them over the next few months. Here is the first one about why the risk of developing an eating disorder during adolescence is so high.
Adolescence is a time of physical, mental and emotional growth. The rate of internal change is so fast that mistakes of poor judgment are inevitable. In fact, one of the last parts of the brain to mature involves planning and judgment, qualities clearly lacking for most teenagers. Combine this decision-making difficulty with the penchant for exploration and much of the risk for teenagers is perfectly clear.