Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Dear Marshall Family,

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year’s theme for awareness week is “I Had No Idea,” and their goal is to promote increased awareness by disseminating accurate information about eating disorders and their impact upon the lives of those who experience them. For example, did you know that:

  • an estimated 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives
  • an estimated 50% of females and 33% of males use unhealthy weight-control behaviors at some point during adolescence

Eating disorders are not rare, and they can have devastating effects on both emotional and physical well-being. Those who experience eating disorders come from all walks of life. They often suffer secretly for months, or even years, before seeking treatment, and many do not seek treatment until encouraged to do so by a loved one. I encourage you to explore the sites listed below, for valuable information about the prevalence, signs and symptoms, and treatment of eating disorders.

If you’re experiencing challenges in life or have concerns about a loved one, and would like to talk about it, contact the EAP office to schedule an appointment or to get referral suggestions regarding clinicians in the community.

http://nedawareness.org/ (link is external)

http://nedawareness.org/about-eating-disorders (link is external)

http://nedawareness.org/infographics (link is external)

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders/index.shtml (link is external)

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eating-disorders/basics/de…(link is external)

http://www.womenshealth.gov/body-image/eating-disorders/