National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Good morning, readers!

This is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The National Eating Disorders Association has declared that the theme of the week this year is “I Had No Idea”, which highlights the many myths people have about eating disorders and aims to educate people about the facts.

So, I thought I’d post some important facts about disordered eating and distorted body image (information retrieved from http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org).

1. The average American woman is 5’4″ and weighs 165 pounds.

2. Nearly 20 million women will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

3. 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

4. Due to stigma, males are less likely than women to seek professional help for an eating disorder.

5. Up to 43% of men are dissatisfied with their bodies. Many try to attain a muscular “ideal” that is unattainable.

6. Binge Eating Disorder affects people of all shapes and sizes.

7. Eating disorders are not about eating more or eating less. They are about underlying issues such as unexplored trauma, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, family conflict, and interpersonal issues.

8. Telling someone to “eat more” or “eat less” or “be more disciplined” is not helpful.

9. Most people who suffer from bulimia are normal weight.

10. The media perpetuates the “thinness ideal” and detracts from what really matters — who we are and what we do with the limited time we have on this earth.

Consider these thoughts this week, everyone, and become an advocate for those who struggle.

Peace, joy, and health,

Megan

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