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.
- Eating disorders are categorized as mental illness and have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. [SOURCE]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
Learn more at NEDA and join the conversation on Twitter using #NEDAwareness.