Healthy Teenage Girls At Risk For Eating Disorders And Permanent Damage From Fad Diets

Body image is so important for teenage girls that they are often willing to try almost every fad diet, even if they are healthy and well within the recommended weight range for her height.

Way too many teenage girls are experimenting with fad diets, not only leading to eating disorders but also causing permanent cellular damage.

The Fad Diet Study

The study involved 480 girls between the ages of 14 to 17. All of the girls had participated in at least one fad diet.. When the girls were tested they all showed signs of chronic and severe undernourishment. The undernourishment was not seen in a smaller group who had only tried a fad diet for a few days or had never dieted.

The Fad Diet Study Results

Some of the teenage girls showed a significant lack of specific nutrients needed for a growing body, including protein, calcium and hemoglobin which is necessary for transporting oxygen in the blood.

The calcium levels in some of the girls were also very low. During the teenage years, the amount of calcium consumed sets the stage for the calcium level for the rest of their lives. If calcium consumption is too low, it may result in early development of osteoporosis.


Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline will be answered or returned by one of the treatment providers listed, each of which is a paid advertiser: Rehab Media Group, Recovery Helpline, Alli Addiction Services.

By calling the helpline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses. There is no obligation to enter treatment.

CALL NOW FOR IMMEDIATE HELPCALL NOW FOR IMMEDIATE HELP800-776-3990Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?