I couldn’t let this week go by without talking about National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
This year’s theme is It’s Time To Talk About It.
“It’s time we take eating disorders seriously as public health concerns. It’s time we bust the myths and get the facts. It’s time to celebrate recovery and the heroes who make it possible. It’s time to take action and fight for change. It’s time to shatter the stigma and increase access to care. It’s Time to Talk About It!”
Here are some scary statistics:
- 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their life
- By age 6, girls especially start to express concern about their weight or shape
- 46% of nine to eleven-year-olds “sometimes” or “very often” are on diets
- 35% percent of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. 20-25% of those progress to partial or full eating disorders.
- Over 50% of teenage girls and nearly 1/3 of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, or taxing laxatives.
- There has been a rise in the incidence of anorexia in young women ages 15-19 every decade since 1930.
I am not going to write an in depth post this year, but rather refer you back to all my previous posts on my experience with Anorexia Nervosa. My eating disorder lasted from about ages 17-20 with lingering affects for a few years after. Recovery was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the best and most important. It has shaped so much of who I am, especially my interest in medicine. Eating disorders are complex beasts that take many different forms, but they are real and they are serious.
Previous Posts on NEDA Awareness Week:
And for personal posts on my own experience with recovery, check out my Recovery Page.
As always, please email me if you have questions or need help with recovery. I’ve detailed a lot of my experience and tips in my previous posts, but if I am more than happy to provide more support. You can beat this and you can live a happy, ED-free life. You deserve it!