The media depicts images that our society should abide by. We mostly see images that show women and men should have these perfect bodies that would be admired by anyone. Losing weight is what comes to mind when you want to have that perfect body to be admired, loved, and happy.
Many people think having an eating disorder is a lifestyle choice, when in fact it is a mental illness. By talking about it we can reach out to others and de-stigmatize this mental illness. Eating disorders are more common than you think.
“4 out of 10 Americans have either suffered or have known someone who has suffered from an eating disorder. Eating disorders do not discriminate between age, gender, race, or class – no one is immune.” -Alliance for Eating Disorders
To help yourself, and to help someone you care about, know the signs of an eating disorder:
Constant thoughts about food, weight, calories, body shape, or exercise
Obsessed with weight and weights self frequently
Severely restricting the consumption of food
Avoiding eating with friends and family
Eating as a response to emotions (e.g. stress, anxiety)
If the warning signs describe you, or someone you know, you may be at-risk for the most common types of eating disorders, and should take a screening for: