Wednesday, February 28, 2018

It's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 26 through March 4, and this year’s theme is “Let’s Get Real.” Myths and misconceptions about eating disorders can lead to fewer diagnoses, treatment options and pathways. To help set the record straight, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) gets real about many common myths:  
  • Myth: Eating disorders are a choice. Patients don’t choose to have an eating disorder. They are bio-psycho-social diseases, which means that genetic, biological, environmental, and social elements all play a role. What’s more, eating disorders commonly co-occur with other mental health conditions like major depression, anxiety, social phobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Substance abuse and eating disorders frequently co-occur, with up to 50% of individuals with eating disorders who abuse alcohol or illicit drugs, according to the NEDA.
  • Myth: Eating disorders aren’t that serious. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness and they also come with a slew of health consequences, including heart attack, kidney failure, osteoporosis, electrolyte imbalance and emotional distress. 
  • Myth: Eating disorders only happen during adolescence. Eating disorders are often associated with straight, young, white females, but in reality, they affect people from all demographics. In fact, there’s been a rise in the rates of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction among middle-aged women, notes the NEDA.

8 Signs of Eating Disorders
Could you or someone you love have an eating disorder? The NEDA suggests watching out for the following warning sings: 
• Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, dieting, and/or body image. 
• Development of abnormal, secretive, extreme, or ritualized food or eating habits. 
• Withdrawal from usual friends and activities. 
• Evidence of binge eating, such as the disappearance of a large amount of food. 
• Evidence of purging behaviors, including frequent trips to the bathroom after meals, self-induced vomiting, periods of fasting, or laxative, diet pill, or diuretic abuse. 
• Compulsive or excessive exercising. 
• Discoloration or staining of the teeth. 
• Feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety, or irritability.

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