-eating disorders have the #1 mortality rate of mental illnesses. and yes, an eating disorder is an illness, not just something someone gets over. "they are not a fad, phase, or lifestyle choice" (NEDA website).
- about 20 million women and 10 million men in the US will have an eating disorder sometime in their life. a study found that 80% of female college students struggled with disordered eating.
- ED are affecting children and younger ages. 40-60% of elementary school girls express concern about their weight or body image.
- body image is distorted by the media! the body type portrayed in the media is naturally possessed by only 5% of the population.
- the DSM eating disorder official diagnoses include bulimia nervosa, compulsive eating disorder, and anorexia nervosa.
eating disorders are serious! they steal life and the quality of life. they form a fallacy of friendship. they can cause biochemical, hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances. they are a serious mental illness.
but, there is hope! if you, or someone you know, is struggling with an eating disorder (or even low body image) get help! if it's someone you encourage them to get professional help-- see a counselor-- or even just find someone they can trust to talk to. learn all you can about eating disorder (go here to learn more). be an example to them- love yourself! and probably most importantly- show love, encouragement, kindness and hope.
i invite you to join me this week in learning more about eating disorders because i promise that you know someone who is struggling with this! and because as human beings we all deserve to love ourselves and be happy in our beautiful bodies.