Most people don’t realize how serious eating disorders are. It is important to educate yourself, recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape an eating disorder. That is why I am here to tell you about Eating Disorder Awareness week!
February 21st to the 27th is national eating disorder awareness week. Eating disorders are not a fad, phase or lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health. In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or OSFED. (other specified feeding or eating disorder).
The goal this week is to show those who struggle that they are not alone and ultimately increase outreach and awareness of eating disorders and body image issues, while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment resources.
How can we help?
- It is important to remain supportive, non-judgmental and let them know that they are not alone.
- Learn the difference between facts and myths about weight, nutrition and exercise
- Listen openly and reflectively; be patient and non-judgmental
- Talk with the person in a kind way, when you are not angry, frustrated or upset
- Explain the reasons for your concerns, without mentioning specific eating behavior
- Ask if he/she is willing to explore these concerns with a healthcare professional who understands eating disorders.
- Love the person well.
- Remind the person that he/she is worth loving.
Let’s raise awareness together!!
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder please contact/check into one of the resources listed below:
Eating disorder hotline: 1-800-931-2237
Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Atlanta Center For Eating Disorders (ACE): outpatient program, Georgia
Remuda Ranch : Wickenburg, Arizona