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Eating Disorders Awareness: “I Had No Idea…”

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The National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week kicked off on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

This year’s NEDA theme, “I Had No Idea…”:

[…] aims to promote public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and improve education about the biological underpinnings, environmental triggers, warning signs and how to help those struggling.

In honor of that, I thought I’d join the movement and share with you some facts about eating disorders you might not have known, and I encourage you to click on the source links to learn even more about eating disorders.

  1. Eating disorders are categorized as mental illness and have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. [SOURCE]
  2. Frequently, depression and other mood disorders co-occur with eating disorders, and people with eating disorders are at a higher risk for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). [SOURCE]
  3. Like other mental illnesses, eating disorders do not discriminate. In the United States, up to 24 million people of every age and gender suffer from an eating disorder. [SOURCE]
  4. Eating disorders cause more damage than just extreme weight loss or gain. People with eating disorders can suffer from cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, brain damage, osteoporosis, infertility, and more. [SOURCE]
  5. Although we might hear about them the most often, Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating aren’t the only types of eating disorders. Others include Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, Rumination Disorder, and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. [SOURCE]

If you believe you suffer from an eating disorder, there is help and you can recover. Check out the NEDA’s eating disorder screening and contact the NEDA Helpline for more help.

Learn more at NEDA and join the conversation on Twitter using #NEDAwareness.

Eating Disorders Awareness: “I Had No Idea…”

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2015). Eating Disorders Awareness: “I Had No Idea…”. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2020, from


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