Meet the Teen Youtube Sensation: xxAllieCosmeticsxx!

Daniela is a 16 year old from Miami, Florida. She enjoys helping others and writing.  Her favorite subject is psychology because one day she hopes to major in psychology.

 

For those of you who don’t know, Youtube is a website used for more than just searching song lyrics or music videos to your favorite songs. There are people who actually do Youtube videos for a living. I have been watching Youtube videos since around late 2009.  My favorite Youtuber has to be Allie, or better known “xxAllieCosemeticsxx”.  She is a young 16 year old girl from Montreal, Canada.  She is a Beauty Vlogger on Youtube. She started her channel in 2008 and has been making beauty and fashion videos ever since.  Now, almost three years later she has over 30, 000 subscribers on Youtube.  You might be thinking, “Oh, a makeup and fashion channel? That sounds so vain” But in reality it’s not. Allie always stresses the fact that beauty comes first on the inside.

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There’s way more to Allie than just make up and clothing. She has inspired me and over 30,000 other viewers with her dramatic weight loss. As a child, I had always been overweight just like Allie stated that she was in one of her other videos “My Weight Loss Story!”. Then people started to send really mean and hurtful messages about her weight to her on the anonymous question and answer website called “Formspring”. She calls those people her “angels in disguise” because they motivated her to lose weight. According to one of her responses on Tumblr, she has lost over 40 pounds. Allie has always been beautiful but now with the confidence that she has earned from her weight loss, she has blossomed into an even more beautiful individual.

I remember the day I saw that video of hers, I felt like I could relate so much to what she had gone through. It was like finally someone out there finally understood how I felt. That video and many others helped me start my own weight loss journey.  On June 13th, 2011 I decided to get healthy. I worked out at the gym over 5 times a week and I completely changed my diet in order to accommodate my healthier lifestyle. Although, I’m not as successful as Allie I have actually lost a good amount of weight. I can see the difference in how I act and how my clothes fit and I owe a lot of it to Allie’s inspiration. As “cheesy” as it sounds, I felt like if Allie could do it than so could I. I could also relate to Allie’s anxiety issues that she has shared with her subscribers on her channel. I know how it feels to be in that position, and even though she lives thousands of miles from me it’s great to know that someone else has faced those same struggles.

I am subscribed to over 200 Youtube channels, and I could honestly say that Allie has been the biggest inspiration to me. Her videos have made such an impact on my life. She has also inspired me to make Youtube videos. I will be starting my own channel soon and I hope to be as successful as Allie. There is no one else that could ever be classified as my “favorite You tuber”.  I also enjoy other Youtubers that are not beauty related. Good examples would be “TimothyDeLaGhetto2” or Timothy Chantarangsu from Paramount, California who makes comedy videos and “CTFxC” or Charles Trippy and Allie Speed from Bradenton, Florida who make daily “vlogs” talking about their life and sharing their life with the world. Both of those Youtubers have over a million subscribers in total and I look forward to their videos every single day.

Internalized Fat-Phobia: Is Your Mind Fatter Than Your Body?

Through-out the day we all tell ourselves stories—stories about how we are smart or dumb, funny or boring or how fat or skinny we are. For a teen girl who feels fat it might sound something like this:

Don’t even look at that muffin—do you want a muffin top? I wonder if we will have a pop-quiz in algebra? Ugh, my jeans are tight. Do they look tight? My ass probably looks huge in them. I am such a fat girl. Oh I have to remember to tell Claudia about band practice later. I’m kinda hungry. No, don’t be hungry. You are always hungry.

I am seeing a newer increase of internalized fat-phobia. This is not anorexia or disordered eating—although it might lead to that. Internalized fat-phobia is a mental state that constantly nags at an individual about their weight, appearance or size. For girls, it means not only constantly obsessing about their weight, but also feeling absolute terror at the prospect of being fat. Even when this does not manifest in an eating disorder, over-exercising or unnatural eating, it can consume a person’s mental state and debilitate their self-esteem.

 

How do you know if you have an internalized fat phobia?

 

___Do you think about your weight more than once per hour?

___Does thinking about gaining weight cause you to become overwhelmed with dread and anxiety?

___Do you schedule your days around eating and/or working out?

___Do you frequently think about eating or your weight before falling asleep at night?

___Do you often day dream or wish to lose weight?

 

These questions were created by a few of my interns who came forward and told me about their own internalized fat phobias. Although they eat and exercise normally, their weight is a constant worry. If you answered ‘yes’ to more than one of these statements than you should seriously consider getting help.

 

Internalized fat phobia is a precursor to disordered eating and many self-esteem problems. It should not be taken lightly. I encourage both parent and teen readers to address mental fears of weight-gain before they become more serious. I wrote this post so readers can understand that although it is not normal to have phobia and fears about weight, you are not alone in your anxiety. You can reach out for help.

 

How to Tell if Somebody You Know Has an Eating Disorder

Caitlin is a 16-year-old from Simsbury, CT. She likes to write, make things with clay, and really wants a dog. Her two favorite subjects are Art and English.

The symptoms of having an eating disorder might sound simple enough: losing weight rapidly, becoming less social, wearing baggy clothes, and hiding food. These signs, however, are not easy to notice and the absence of some of these signs does not mean that your child is not afflicted by an eating disorder.

When I was 13, I thought that losing weight could solve all of my problems. After all, the popular girls were thin and they were happy. They had boyfriends and nice clothes. I attributed all of these wonderful things to their weight and figured that, with diligence and persistence, I too could be popular. I too could be perfect.

While these thoughts do not make sense, they are common in a lot of pre-teens and teenagers. As teenage bodies change, weights fluctuate and leave hipbones and knobby knees covered in new curves. These new bodies contrast greatly with the rail-thin models seen on runways and even with other classmates who’s bodies have not yet matured.

My body was one of those that matured fast. I found myself surrounded by girls who did not know that there were pants larger than a size zero, and I felt insecure that I could not relate.

I resorted to changing my diet and started to exercise more consistently. While this can be done in a healthy way, I limited my calories drastically under the recommended amount and started to hide food that I didn’t want to consume. I tracked every calorie religiously and became panicked when a “forbidden food” was placed in front of me to eat.

While this was happening, I did not know I was developing distorted eating and neither did my parents. They thought that I was starting healthier habits.

Over time, my weight became so low that they couldn’t help but notice that something was not right. I didn’t like to eat in front of people, and when I did I had to cut my food into tiny pieces so that it would take me longer to finish. They started to notice napkins in the garbage filled with remains of dinner. My clothes began to sag off of me, and my body started to return to a pre-pubescent state.

These are all signs that someone is developing anorexia, yet the people afflicted with the disorder know how to hide these habits so that others do not suspect anything.

Anorexia is not the only eating disorder, and it is one of the only ones that can be spotted by excessive weight loss. The most common eating disorder in America is compulsive overeating, or binge eating. This is very different than anorexia as, instead of the enemy, food is viewed as a friend, a dangerous friend. “Binges” are defined as short periods of time in which an abnormally large amount of food is consumed in private, usually followed by extreme guilt. Sometimes purging or exercising until all remains of food are gone may follow these binges. These latter instances are examples of bulimia and compulsive exercising.

The one thing that anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and compulsive exercising have in common is that all of these disorders feed on insecurity. They are also “lonely” disorders because it is hard to hide these habits when faced with a birthday party or sleepover, thus solitude is preferred.

If these disorders are not caught, they can lead to severe health complications and possibly death. Depression is also common, as are thoughts of suicide. Anorexia has a death rate of 12 times greater than any other mental disorder.

To get over my illness, my parents had me see a therapist, a nutritionist, and a doctor to check my weight. While all three of these might not be necessary for treatment, having someone who has experience with eating disorders to talk with is helpful. The one action that is necessary is to address the problem. If the eating disorder goes on for too long, than the person is at a higher risk for health complications, and will also face a harder recovery process. The best thing you can do for someone suffering is to talk to them and get them help.

For more information on eating disorders and treatment, you can visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org


The Different Signs of Eating Disorders

Gema is an 19-year old from Miami, FL. She loves reading and writing young adult fiction and claims to pass out in the presence of sterile wit.behind closed doors. by Dandy Lions.

When someone mentions the term “eating disorders,” many people assume that the person suffering from it aims to lose weight. A lot of people don’t talk about the eating disorders that have to do with weight gain. Here I will discuss both.

Eating Disorders Resulting In Weight Loss:

Anorexia Nervosa: It’s a result of self-starvation. The person (could be girl or boy of any age) is below the normal weight for their age and height by 85%. They have an intense fear of being fat. This is accompanied by a distorted body image. Think of it like a fun house’s mirror, except there’s nothing fun about it. No matter how thin they get, they always view themselves as fat. Their body also drops in body temperature. Their heart rate and blood pressure decreases. Their hair thins out. If it’s a girl, she’ll stop menstruating. This results in an electrolyte imbalance, which is usually fatal.

Bulimia Nervosa: This is a rather nasty cycle of binge eating and purging. The purging doesn’t always refer to self-induced vomiting, even if this is what bulimia is most known for. It also includes excessive exercising, strict dieting or fasting and an abuse of diet pills, laxatives and diuretics. Like people suffering from anorexia, they suffer from low self-esteem and worry about the shape of their bodies. However, their symptoms aren’t as obvious as anorexics. Many are average in weight. Their vomiting can result in tears in esophagus, tooth decay, broken blood vessels in the eyes among other things. Like anorexics, they can also die from electrolyte imbalance.

Eating Disorders Resulting in Weight Gain:

Binge Eating Disorder: This is when a person overeats. I’m not talking about “pigging out” and having to open the top button of your pants. This is a person compulsively eating everything in sight and not being able to stop. It’s like the mouth possesses the entire body and attacks food. They usually eat in secret. This is associated to a feeling of shame. The result is obesity. Unfortunately, this disorder is extremely difficult to detect due to its secrecy and denial.

Night Eating Syndrome: Besides being an eating disorder, it’s also considered a sleeping and mood disorder. The person won’t eat much during the day (morning anorexia). The majority of their calories are consumed after dinnertime. They wake up in the middle of the night and need to eat. This is associated to low self-esteem, depression and stress.

There are no quick remedies for eating disorders. Psychological, medical and nutrition professionals are needed. If you suspect that someone close to you suffers from an eating disorder, step in and help them out.

(Information from my nutrition professor Jorge Monserrate and http://www.webmd.com/)

[Guest Post] Teen Training: How to Motivate Your Teen to Exercise

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This fabulous post is by Mark’s Daily Apple, which is an awesome blog to help people maximize their health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking health and wellness–love his stuff!

If the only exercise your teen’s been getting lately is running up the stairs and slamming their bedroom door (which, if you need a silver lining, is good for both cardiovascular health and building upper body strength!) perhaps its time to start motivating them to try other, more civilized forms of exercise.

In addition to keeping trim and toned, kids that are active in their teenage years—when participation in organized sports and physical education typically declines—have a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions later down the road. In addition, studies have shown that teens who exercise regularly have higher self esteem, perform better in school, and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors—such as smoking, abusing alcohol or illegal drugs and engaging in unprotected sex—than their couch potato counterparts.

But sometimes motivating teens to exercise—or do anything for that matter—can be half the battle. The following are five easy tips to help motivate them to exercise and get them on the path to a healthy lifestyle.

1) Follow the leader
The old adage “monkey see monkey do” holds true whether you child is two or 22, especially when it comes to exercise. For example, if you grumble and complain through your whole workout, your child will soon pick up on these cues and begin associating it as just another chore. While you certainly don’t have to become a jack-of-all-sports to demonstrate your enthusiasm for physical activity, showing your teen that you enjoy exercise will help motivate them in their own fitness endeavors.

2) Viewers choice
There’s nothing a teen likes more than being in control, even if it is just overseeing the volume on their iPod. Empower their exercise habits—and increase the likelihood that they’ll make physical activity a part of their everyday life—by allowing them to pick the physical activities that most interest them. If they’re not into organized sports, for example, sign them up for a local gym where they can work up a sweat on the exercise equipment, stock up on home exercise videos, or encourage their new-found skateboarding habit (within reason—you’re still a parent after all!)

3) Friends Forever
When you’re a teen, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to catch up with your friends (your phone bill is probably proof of this!). Cash in on their constant need for companionship by encouraging them to join activities with a friend or letting them invite friends along for a walk or a trip to the pool. Chances are, they’ll be so busy gabbing to each other, they won’t even notice they’re working out!

4) Workin’ 9-5
Imagine if their was an activity for teens that would peel them away from that dastardly computer game, keep them physically active, and put a little money in their pocket (which in turn keeps more money in yours!). Turns out there is, and it’s called a job! Encourage your teen to apply for after-school or summer employment opportunities that will maximize their time spent being physically active, such as working as a junior camp counselor, baby sitter or an assistant coach for a youth sports teams. In addition to boosting their fitness, they’ll also earn a little cash, learn to take on new responsibilities and beef up their college resume as a side benefit!

5) No good deed goes unrewarded
You’ve hosted countless birthday parties, endured dance recitals, praised good grades and attended multiple graduations. Essentially, you’ve celebrated just about every milestone and accomplishment in your child’s life, and his or her achieving their fitness goals is certainly something worth making a fuss over. But rather than rewarding their mastery of a new sport or improved jump shot with a big ol’ sheet cake—sugar flowers optional—opt for prizes that will further their athletic pursuits, such as a new basketball, a pair of flashy sneakers or tickets to a sporting event of their choice.

Now, comparatively speaking, getting them to work out is certainly a heck of a lot easier than convincing them not to dye their hair pink!!

Thanks Marks Daily Apple, be sure to check out their blog for more tips like these for you or your family!