Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month

Canada, The United Kingdom and The United States use the month of February to raise awareness about Eating Disorders.

Generally, eating disorders involve self-critical, negative thoughts and feelings about body weight and food, and eating habits that disrupts normal body function, and daily life activities.

What causes eating disorders is not entirely clear, though a combination of psychological, genetic, social and family factors are thought to contribute to the disorder.

Types of Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa ~ Essentially self-starvation, this disorder involves a refusal to maintain a minimally normal body weight. In severe cases, anorexia can be life-threatening.

Bulimia Nervosa ~ This involves repeated episodes of binge eating, followed by ways of trying to purge the food from the body or prevent expected weight gain. People can have this condition and be of normal weight.

Binge-eating Disorder ~ This is characterized by frequent episodes of overeating without purging.

Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) ~ A range of other disordered eating patterns don’t fit into the other types of eating disorders. These eating patterns are still serious, and intervention and attention are necessary.

Left unattended, eating disorders can lead to serious health problems or even death.

While many believe depression has the highest death rate of any mental illness, the truth is that anorexia does, making it the most lethal psychiatric illness. In the US alone, over 30 million people struggle with an eating disorder. Studies estimate 23 people die every day from an eating disorder. That makes the math every 62 minutes a day.

Link here to find a therapist that specializes in eating disorders. Treatment helps and recovery is possible.


The National Eating Disorder Information Centre: Canada

Eating Disorders Association: United Kingdom

The National Eating Disorders Association: United States

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