NATIONAL EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS MONTH
It seems that everyone knows someone who is struggling with an eating disorder. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week begins the last Monday in February. The week is for all body types to come as they are and not as they think they should be.
Eating disorders are complex mental disorders that cause people to have excessive fear and anxiety about eating, body image, and weight gain that lead to unhealthy behaviors.
Three of the most commonly diagnosed eating disorders include binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa.
Weight-based teasing and bullying have been identified as typical experiences for youth, particularly for those who may be heavier.
The good news is there is much better help than just a few years ago. Today, personalized custom treatments and therapies are available for people with eating disorders.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Encourage youth to eat healthily and to be active. Talk to your child’s physician or another health provider if you notice signs and symptoms of an eating disorder.
Promote the day on social media with the hashtags #NEDAwareness & #ComeAsYouAre!
Set a good example – Don’t tease people about their weight. Don’t talk negatively about other people’s bodies – or your own. Visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org for resources and ways to get involved.
Eating disorders have been documented back to the 12th Century. Before that, in the time of Caeser, it was common for wealthy Romans to eat and binge. They overindulged at lavish banquets and then relieved themselves by vomiting so they could return to the feast and continue eating.
In the late 1970s, it became a public topic, again.
In about 2000, national awareness campaigns such as National Eating Disorders Awareness week began.
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