Shape Magazine wrote an article Monday about National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, mentioning that men make up 10% of eating disorders and that sadly in a 2012 study, eating disorders are increasing in children. My advice to all mothers out there is to promote a healthy body image to your children and empower them with self-confidence. Years ago my co-workers 9 year old daughter was telling me she wished she was thinner and prettier. She was already both of those things, not that those facts even matter. I felt it almost my duty to try and dispel these thoughts creeping around in her psyche at such a young age, without stepping on her parent’s toes. Eating Disorders effect people of all shapes, all ages, all genders, and all ethnicities and has the highest mortality rate of any other mental illness (though there are varying studies regarding this fact). National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a very personal and meaningful time of the year for me. I am not the only person I know struggling with this disorder.
ABC has an wonderful article that came out today stating 3 important facts to know about Eating Disorders. I encourage you to read the wise words of Dr. Rebecca Chaznovitz. I agree wholeheartedly with all three facts:
- Anorexia, Bulimia are not the only eating disorders. (I am living proof of this.)
- It often takes a family member or friend, to get treatment started. (not relevant in my situation.)
- Talk about it, talk about it more. (hence, another reason I have this blog.)
I’ll now end with some nicely prepared visual statistics from CNN Health:
- National Eating Disorder Association
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Overeaters Anonymous
- SHAPE: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Everybody Knows Somebody.
- ABC NEWS: Three Facts Families Should Know About Eating Disorders
- CNN Health