Happy Monday Everyone. This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week so I will be posting everyday this week to promote awareness about this extremely important topic. I will be sharing stories, news, and events about what’s happing this week along with some facts and information that everyone should be armed with about this disorder. Let’s get started…
National Eating Disorder Awareness actually started yesterday and will continue throughout this week ending on the 27th. This is an annual event with each year focusing on a different theme and mission. The primary goal of this annual event is to not only raise awareness, but also to provide aid to those suffering from an eating disorder and their families. This year’s theme is “3 Minutes Can Save a Life: Get Screened, Get Help, Get Healthy” with the focus being centered around early detection and intervention. The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) encourages everyone to take their 3 minute confidential survey to determine if there are any early signs or warnings that could result in an eating disorder or a problem with exercise.
Did You Know?
Here are some facts to arm yourself with about the severity of eating disorders. Someone could be suffering from an eating disorder in complete silence so it’s important that we know the numbers and how to help.
- Over 30 million people will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.
- Eating disorders usually go unnoticed or undiagnosed until it becomes a significant threat to their life.
- Eating disorders carry the highest mortality rate than any other mental illness
- 50% of people suffering from an eating disorder also meet the criteria for depression
- The body type often seen in advertisements, television, and movies is only naturally possessed by 5% of American females.
What To Know About….
Anorexia Nervosa is probably one of the most talked about eating disorders. Anorexia is refers to the endless journey to obtain thinness and the refusal to keep a normal body weight. It also involves emaciation, the fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image perception, and different, often disturbing, eating behaviors. Some of the warning signs for anorexia are:
- Continuous dieting
- Compulsive exercise
- Hair loss
- Refusal to eat
You can find out more about this devastating disorder here: http://www.anad.org/get-information/get-informationanorexia-nervosa/
The best way to help someone with anorexia nervosa is to first, get educated about what is happening to them and what they are going through. Then let them know that you care and love them. Finally, suggest a treatment facility that would be best for them and be prepared to present information and reason way they should go to treatment. Have contact information on hand for immediate use and remember to handle the situation with as much care as possible.