February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month with a special week Feb. 26th through March 4th.
It is estimated that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Statistics show that:
- 0.9% of women and 0.3% of men had anorexia during their life
- 1.5% of women and 0.5% of men had bulimia during their life
- 3.5% of women and 2.0% of men had binge eating disorder during their life
Eating disorders can affect anyone. They do not discriminate against gender, age, race, or class. Eating disorders are a serious psychiatric illness and can have many medical complications. People who struggle with eating disorders also have a severely impacted quality of life. It is important to recognize signs and symptoms of eating disorders to get people the help they need and on the track to recovery as soon as possible.
Check out this video to learn more about the signs and symptoms of eating disorders:
This year’s theme from the National Eating Disorders Association is “Let’s Get Real”:
“Our culture has complicated relationships with food, exercise, and appearance. 30 million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues that have untold negative impacts on their lives.
But because of stigma and stereotypes, many people don’t get the support they deserve. Join the conversation and help us raise awareness, bust myths, get people screened, and start journeys to healing.”
Use this screening tool from NEDA if you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one.
Contact the NEDA Helpline for support, resources and treatment options. The Helpline is available Monday-Thursday from 9AM to 9PM ET, and Friday from 9AM to 5PM ET.
Helpline volunteers are trained to help you find the information and support you are looking for. Reach out today!
You may reach the Helpline at (800) 931-2237.