Today kicks off National Eating Disorder Awareness week.
"Everybody Knows Somebody" is this year's theme.
It's unfortunately, probably very true.
I bet everybody does know someone who struggles with an eating disorder.
A few facts*:
February 26 - March 3 2012
- Eating disorders are serious, but treatable, illnesses with medical and psychiatric aspects
- Eating disorders can be life-threatening if not recognized and treated appropriately
- Eating disorders affect both boys and girls, men and women, of all socioeconomic status
- Contrary to popular belief, you can not tell if a person has an eating disorder based on their appearance
- People with eating disorders do not choose to have one; it is not a way to seek attention, it is a serious medical and mental condition that needs professional attention
- Only a small percentage of people with eating disorders are actually emaciated- again, reinforcing that you can not tell if someone has an eating disorder based on how they look
- Complete recovery from an eating disorder IS possible!
Eating disorders are serious stuff, but often the shame of having one prevents the person suffering from seeking much needed support. If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, or even thinks they might have an eating disorder, there is hope. There are resources available to you to get help, and yes, you can even remain anonymous if you need, though I promise you, carrying the secret alone is more painful than sharing it with someone who cares.
There is hope. It isn't an easy journey, that's for sure, but it is worth it, YOU are worth it!
Be kind, for everyone you meet
is fighting a harder battle.