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It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and we’re here to bring attention to the needs of people with eating disorders and their families. Whether you are struggling or know someone who is, know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE and help is always available.
Remember, recovery is possible! Read Shenan’s story on overcoming an eating disorder: https://turningpointct.org/story/shenaneatingdisorder/
In the United States alone, 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime and while women are more commonly affected by eating disorders, 10 million men and boys will battle some form of the illness at some point in their lifetime. However, due to cultural bias and to stereotypes, a lot of males are less likely to seek treatment.
– Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression.
-25% of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a weight-management technique.
– Bullying can trigger feelings of shame, isolation and hopelessness. It can also be a trigger for eating disorders. As many as 65% of people with an eating disorder said that bullying contributed to their condition (b-EAT).
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder! If you or anyone you know is struggling, please reach out to a professional ASAP. For help and support for eating disorders, check out our Resources page HERE and/or visit http://mybodyscreening.org to take an anonymous eating disorder screening! Online screenings are an effective first step in eating disorder intervention. Similar to other illnesses, early intervention can significantly increase recovery.
See more at: https://mentalhealthscreening.org/blog/eating-disorder-statistics#sthash.E9DireCe.dpuf
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