Chapter Five: Gambling, Eating Disorders, Shopping, and Other Behavioral Addicti

Chapter Five: Gambling, Eating Disorders, Shopping, and Other Behavioral Addictions
1. Read the following case study:
Swan is a 14-year-old student at the School for the Performing Arts. Her goal in life is to be a world-acclaimed ballet dancer. She has been dancing ever since she was 4 years old, when her parents enrolled her in a Ballet for Tots program. Swan’s parents have always encouraged her to pursue her dream of dancing professionally. As a young girl, Swan had the perfect body for a ballet dancer, slim and flexible. Within the last year, Swan has become concerned that she is gaining weight. She heard from friends that smoking cigarettes could help her stay thin, although she didn’t exactly know why. Swan became desperate to control her weight and started borrowing cigarettes from friends. Eventually, she was smoking almost a pack of cigarettes a day and felt edgy and irritable if she went without smoking for more than a few hours. She thought about trying diet pills or other stimulant pills to avoid the smell of the cigarette smoke.
2. Then refer to the following toolkit for parents: “National Eating Disorder Association: Parent ToolKit”
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/sites/default/files/Toolkits/ParentToolkit.pdf (Links to an external site.)
3. And watch this short video to see an example of how serious eating disorders are:

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