But there was one person who noticed my eating disorder. My babysitter took me to the doctor one time. I was there to get shots but she took the time to talk to the doctor. The doctor was concerned about my weight. She showed me pictures of girls who suffered from anorexia and bulimia. It was gross seeing how skinny they looked. She explained that this can cause stomach cancer and even lead to death. Because of throwing up, there’ll come a point when the body will not want any food. The body does not get all the nutrients it needs and slows down; eventually, it stops working. Some of the pictures showed girls in bed with a tube stuck to them. The girls in the photos were so thin; you could see all their rib bones and backbones. She said you soon get thin hair and are always cold.
Did you know that "Mom" ranks #1 as the hero for most teens? That's what we found from our national teen writing contest on the concept of heroes. From Lady Gaga to Oprah to Gandhi to their English teacher, over 2,650 students visited our writing contest and hundreds of high school and college students nominated a personal hero by submitting a 500 word essay. At the bottom of this page, you'll also find the national press release which ran on PRNewswire immediately after the contest wrapped up that shares our summary and observations about teens and their heroes.
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On May 20, 2007 The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity honored Oprah Winfrey with its Humanitarian Award. The award was "created to recognize outstanding individuals who dedicate their time to fighting indifference, intolerance and injustice and whose accomplishments are consistent with the goals of the Foundation." ()
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