The Truth About Eating Disorders
It’s not just skipping a meal every now and then.
According to many studies, eating disorders rank the number one mental illness with the highest mortality rate. 1.o%-4.2% of females have battled Anorexia Nervosa in their lifetime. 4% of women will develop Bulimia Nervosa in their lifetime. 4 out of 10 people have experienced or know someone who has experienced an eating disorder. Do these statistics scare you yet?
Fighting an eating disorder off and on since I was 13, these factual studies still amaze me. The stigma around eating disorders is so intense that most people feel like they can’t talk about it at all. I know I didn’t for the longest time.
Men and women alike struggle with eating disorders and body image issues. You don’t have to be a millennial to fight this monstrous disease. You don’t have to be officially diagnosed to struggle. But, it’s important to take the time to educate yourself on the truth about this disease.
There are many steps you can take to start fighting this epidemic. If you or someone you know is struggling, reach out for help. There are nutritionists, therapists, counselors, and doctors specifically trained in the field of eating disorders and who can help you battle it head on. If you personally don’t struggle with this disorder, make it a point to learn about them so you can better help others.
It’s time that we, as a society, open our minds to the mental illnesses taking over our country. Look online, in your local libraries, or talk to some physicians to get the information you need to help battle it. Learning is knowledge and in this case, learning can save lives.