is a problem that more and more women and girls
are having to deal with. While most women do not
self-injure, chances are they know someone who
does. By 'self-injure' I mean cutting/burning/breaking
bones/bruising... in my mind eating disorders,
while certainly a form of self-injury, are a separate
entity from these. Could you enlighten me about
this largely female problem? I realize it's a
broad topic with lots of psychological ins-and-outs,
but anything you could do would be REALLY appreciated.
have given two speeches this week alone where
I have been asked about the prevalence of self-mutilation
among teens. Both times the question was raised
by teens themselves, and clearly they were asking
on behalf of their classmates. The easy answer
is that these teens are looking for attention.
It's just a fact of reality that teens today with
two working parents, with overcrowded schools,
with the pressure to be adults and victims all
at once, get less attention. In many ways, this
is why kids also have eating disorders.
think the answer is to provide more outlets for
kids to talk with each other and with adults.
As much as we want to blame ads and Hollywood
for the prevalence eating disorders, a greater
problem is how we measure ourselves against our
peers and this is what needs to be exposed and
explored. There is a site called
iemily.com which has some information about
this, plus most sites devoted to teens. I hope
that helps - and let me know if you want me to
suggest more resources.