The Truth about Eating Disorders

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. tape-fork-diet-health-53416.jpegIf 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. Continue reading

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National Eating Disorders Week @ CSUSM

In United States, 20 million women and 10 million suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder (http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/types-symptoms-eating-disorders).

At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S (http://www.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/).

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.

If you have an eating disorder or know someone who does, you are not alone. Knowing that others have experienced eating disorders, hopefully allows you to believe there is hope and will encourage your willingness to get help. Every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder (http://www.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/). Continue reading

What do you know about eating disorders???

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.

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“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:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating

Take an in-person screening Thursday, March 6, at Kellogg Plaza, 11am-1pm or on-line at: www.MyBodyScreening.org
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