Eating disorders are something that we each deal with, in one way or another. Even if we ourselves haven’t experienced an eating disorder or disordered thoughts or patterns of eating, we all know someone who has struggled (even if we don’t know they are struggling!).
Here are a few startling facts:
- Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness (source)
- Nearly 20 million women will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life. (source)
- 10 million males in the US will suffer from a significant eating disorder at some time (source)
The theme for NEDA week is “everybody knows somebody”. And, as I said before, we all know someone. It’s important that we each know the warning signs and learn how to communicate with those around us who might be struggling. Education is so critical, and in that vain, I’ve provided some links below. PLEASE, at some point this week, spend a few minutes reading and educating yourself.
- Steps on how to communicate with those who might have an eating disorder.
- Helping Someone With An Eating Disorder
- National Institute of Mental Health- Eating Disorders
- The Mayo Clinic on Eating Disorders
- Finding Help (NEDA)
Now it’s your turn to share: What have you learned through reading or experience about eating disorders?