"Have you gotten your monthly gift yet?"
The first time a classmate asked me this, I was in fifth grade and I thought something awesome would come my way. Did somebody enroll me in the chocolate-of-the-month club? I could hardly wait to receive the Reece Cups and Snickers bars.
And then I got it. The monthly gift that is, and it wasn’t chocolate.
When my friend Emily was your age, she struggled with a disorder called anorexia. Anorexia is an emotional disorder in which people become obsessed with losing weight, and they refuse to eat. As you know, we need nutrients from food to keep us healthy. If a body doesn't get nutrients, a person is at risk of dying, and this is what happened to Emily. Emily almost died.
See, Emily didn't feel good about herself, and she sure didn't feel beautiful. However, Emily fought against this disorder, and now, one of Emily's passions is educating others about anorexia and the beauty that comes from God.
Today, Emily agreed to a short interview.
A pimple already?! Possibly. If you’re like most girls your age, you can begin experiencing zits and blemishes as early as age 9. In fact, more than 85% of teenagers deal with acne, and it all starts during the tween years just as you are entering puberty.
Where is This Stuff Coming From?!
Our bodies are covered in millions of pores. Each pore is connected to an oil gland. Normally, these oil glands produce just enough oil to help keep our skin smooth and soft. But, during puberty, the amount of oil your body produces increases dramatically due to hormone surges. This increase in oil production can cause pores to get clogged, resulting in every tweens nemesis: a pimple!