It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and in honor of this year’s theme, “Let’s Get Real,” here are 10 Truths About Eating Disorders you should know:
1. Eating disorders do not discriminate – they affect people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, body weights, and socioeconomic statuses.
2. You can’t tell if someone has an eating disorder by looking at them.
3. Genetics and the environment both play a role in the development of eating disorders.
4. Eating disorders are not a choice.
5. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.
6. You don’t have to feel fully ready to give up your eating disorder to get treatment.
7. Dieting is a common (and preventable!) catalyst for developing an eating disorder.
8. Disordered eating (unhealthy eating behaviors that do not meet the full criteria for an eating disorder) should not be dismissed as “not that bad.” It’s a serious health concern that needs attention and treatment.
9. Full recovery is possible, and the sooner someone gets help, the better the chances of recovery.
10. Recovery isn’t easy, but it is worth it.