It's that time of year again.
No, not spring cleaning or holiday shopping.
It's NEDA week.
That's - National Eating Disorder Awareness - week.
Every year since I started this blog, I've taken this week to shine some light on what the The American Journal of Psychiatry says that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
Yup. You read that right. Highest mortality rate.
And these "disordered eating habits" can start early.
According to NEDA, approximately 80% of all 10 year old girls have dieted. 80%. I teach 10 year olds. I've seen it first hand. It makes my heart hurt and my stomach turn.
The same study shows that 70% of girls ages six to 12 would like to lose weight.
While there are many, many reasons eating disorders take hold of their victim, blaming helps no one. Instead of placing blame, educate yourself. Become aware. Speak up. You can make a difference.