It’s important to remember that biology isn’t destiny. There is always hope for recovery. Although biological factors play a large role in the onset of eating disorders, they are not the only factors. The predisposition towards disordered eating may reappear during times of stress, but there are many good techniques individuals with eating disorders can learn to help manage their emotions and keep behaviors from returning. Recovery from an eating disorder can be a long process and requires a qualified team of professionals and the love and support of family and friends (via the National Eating Disorders Association)
1. Eating Disorders Are A Choice
Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health. They are not just a “fad” or a “phase.” People do not just “catch” an eating disorder for a period of time. They are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships. (via The National Eating Disorders Association)
8. Anorexia Is The Only Dangerous Eating Disorder
Often times people do not understand that anorexia is not the only dangerous eating disorder. All eating disorders are dangerous and have health consequences, which is why being aware of signs and symptoms and potentially providing an early intervention is so important!
Some facts to know:
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
Research showed mortality rates for bulimia and EDNOS that were similar to, and higher, than those for anorexia.(Crow, S., et al. 2009)
Severe medical complications associated with starvation and purging, include bone disease, cardiac complications, gastrointestinal distress, and infertility.
2. Eating Disorders Are About Appearance
Eating disorders are not an issue of vanity. Eating disorders are about WAY more than outer appearance. Eating disorders can be genetic or caused by many varied circumstances such as stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, feeling hopeless and used as a coping mechanism. Someone struggling with an eating disorder is never being superficial, self-centered or vain. This is a dangerous misconception that keeps people struggling in silence.
3. There Is Only Way To Do Recovery
Just as the reasons someone develops an eating disorder are unique, so is the journey to recovery. There is not one path or guide to recovery. #EatingDisorder recovery takes individualized care and treatment.
4. An Eating Disorder Is Not That Big Of A Deal
Eating disorders impact all aspects of someone’s life – relationships with family members, friends, and coworkers, as well as functioning in academic settings and the workplace. Thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors regarding weight and food issues are constant for those with eating disorders, and it can make it impossible to live a normal life. (via Mental Health America)
Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder and the mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15-24 years old. Without treatment, up to 20% of people with serious eating disorders die. (via Mental Health America)
1. There Are No Prevention Efforts To Be Taken
Prevention efforts may involve reducing negative risk factors, like body dissatisfaction, depression, or basing self-esteem on appearance, or increasing protective factors, like a non-appearance-oriented self-definition and replacing dieting and body snarking with intuitive eating and appreciation for the body's functionality. Although we have no perfect guide to prevent eating disorders, together we can reduce some of these risks! via (National Eating Disorders Association)
7. Only Young Girls & Teens Struggle With Eating Disorders
eating disorders can, and will, affect anyone. The stereotype that only young teens or women struggle is a dangerous misconception that leaves many feeling ashamed of their eating disorders. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status - eating disorders can affect anyone.