Did you know that eating disorders affect up to 30 million Americans and 70 million individuals worldwide?
Eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating involve extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are a serious issue and they need to be treated as such. If they go untreated they can have life-threatening consequences. It’s a myth that eating disorder are mainly prevalent among women.
Eating disorders can affect both men and women of every age, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. In fact, 10 million males in the United States will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their life.Eating disorders can arise from a combination of behavioral, psychological, interpersonal, biological and social conditions that persist for a long time. Although eating disorders begin with extreme and/ or obsessive concerns with food and weight, there is often an underlying issue that is not related to food.
In most cases, people who suffer from eating disorders use food and the control of food in attempts to compensate for emotions that may seem overwhelming. For instance, if a teen feels trapped in their house because they have over protective parents, they might turn to eating disorders because they feel that is the one thing in their life they have control over. They turn to food because their parents cannot control what he or she eats or does not eat. What begins with dieting, bingeing and purging may begin as a just a way to cope with their emotions, but these behaviors can lead to harming their physical and emotional health, self-esteem, and sense of competence.
Eating disorders are a universal problem because they can affect ANYONE. Some risk factors that may lead to an eating disorder are traumas, media influences, peers, past experiences, or parent with an eating disorder. It is important to know the signs and to talk to someone if you feel that you are at risk for an eating disorder.
At SHCS counselors are available for you to speak to. Just call 760-750-4915 to make an appointment.
If you would like to learn more about eating disorders, please come out to National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) events!
Tues. Feb. 27 |11:00am – 1:00pm |Rock to Recovery| USU Amphitheater & Arcade
Wed. Feb. 28 |12:00pm – 1:00pm |Eating Disorders Screening| Quad Courtyard
Wed. Feb. 28 |5:30pm – 7:00pm |Body Love and Eating Disorders: What Your Mama Never Told You| USU Ballroom A\C
Thurs. March 1 |11:00am – 1:00pm |National Eating Disorders Screening Day & Mental Health Fair| USU Arcade & Forum Plaza
Written by: Veronica Alvarez, Peer Educator