Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2020
The week of February 24th-March 1st, 2020 is observed by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) to raise awareness of eating disorders. Anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, no matter what they look like or where they come from. Here are 9 truths about eating disorders:
- Truth #1: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.
- Truth #2: Families are not to blame, and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.
- Truth #3: An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.
- Truth #4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.
- Truth #5: Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.
- Truth #6: Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.
- Truth #7: Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.
- Truth #8: Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.
- Truth #9: Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.
If you think you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder,
- Take this online screening tool: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/screening-tool
- Contact the NEDA Helpline, available Monday-Thursday from 9AM to 9PM ET, and Friday from 9AM to 5PM ET, for support, resources and treatment options for yourself or a loved one: 800-931-2237
- Check out NEDA’s website for more information: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
- Follow NEDA on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube