#NEDA Awareness Week Pt. 2

As you may know from part 1 of our #NEDA series, this week has been dedicated to increasing National Eating Disorders Awareness. While we have already discussed its history and purpose, today we want to dive deeper into the affects eating disorders have not only on the body but also on the mind.

Important Facts

Eating disorders (ED) are one of the deadliest mental illnesses in existence and they affect about 9% of the population worldwide. What’s worse is that only 6% of those with eating disorders actually qualify as “underweight”, which makes it extremely difficult to treat and diagnose. In a blog by NEDA Ambassador, Ragan Chastain, she makes the point that in order to truly create culture where recovery from ED is possible, we must recognize how deeply entrenched and unhealthy the culture surrounding dieting and fitness in America can be. From dangerous supplements to fraudulent fitness influencers, the symptoms and negative impacts of diet culture are impossible to ignore. The objective beauty standard for people in America is increasingly hard to achieve without photoshop or access to plastic surgery. Taking these “standards” into account, along with the fact that many U.S. citizens find themselves struggling to afford healthy produce or having enough time between work to get exercise, it is no surprise that we continue to deal with eating disorders on top of other health crisis’ such as obesity and diabetes. All this being said, the first step is recognizing the root of the problem and obviously with eating disorders that can vary between genetics, home environment and social expectations (which you can learn more about here)

Hope For ED

As difficult as dealing with eating disorders is, both individually and collectively, there is hope. One of the most important things we can do to help so many people suffering from this mental illness is to create awareness so that they can get the support and help they need. There are so many resources available for those who suffer directly from an eating disorder or know of those who are struggling to cope. Check out the NEDA recovery webpage to learn more about what exactly recovery can look like and be sure to check out these resources.