A few months back a kind customer reminded me that National Eating Disorders Week would be coming up in February and asked that we do our part to draw attention to this potentially devastating, yet treatable, set of disorders.
There are a number of illnesses that fall under the umbrella of Eating Disorders and you've likely heard of them:
Anorexia nervosa (or anorexia, where people deny themselves adequate calories and nutrients, becoming unnaturally thin)
Bulimia nervosa (or bulimia, where people follow a cycle of eating large amounts of food and then inducing vomiting)
Binge eating disorder (unchecked repetitive cycles of eating large amounts of food beyond that which would be considered normal).
Why learn about eating disorders? Because millions of Americans are affected by them, likely including someone you know.
The causes of eating disorders are varied, and the potential complicatons of eating disorders very concerning, but the good news is that eating disorders can be successfully treated through the good efforts of medical experts and the support of loved ones.
A great place to learn more is the web site of The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) - http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/programs-events/nedawareness-week.php Take a few moments to review the site and see all the helpful resources available.
Even if, thankfully, you and your family don't have personal need of the information on the NEDA web site, maybe someone you care about does.
Healing takes place in community - today is a great day to commit to helping those in our community who suffer in any way, including those experiencing an eating disorder. Together, we can prevent and defeat eating disorders!
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