Why Eating Disorders Awareness Week Is Important

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Importance of Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Why Eating Disorders Awareness Week Is ImportantIt's Eating Disorders Awareness Week and boy, do we need it. There are still so many myths and misconceptions about eating disorders. For instance, how about the myth that only young girls get eating disorders or eating disorders are the direct result of an abusive or highly dysfunctional home life. Eating disorder statistics and research into the causes of eating disorders paint a completely different picture. The fact is that while young women are the primary group to develop anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, eating disorders don't discriminate and boys, along with adult men and women, are targets too.

There's another misconception out there that I think is important to address. You may have heard that once you develop an eating disorder, you never really recover; that having an eating disorder is a lifelong illness. The truth is many people with anorexia and bulimia do recover. Watch this video interview we did: Fully Recovered From Anorexia and Bulimia. Of course, there are different degrees of eating disorder recovery, but the point is after eating disorder treatment, there are many who are living a better quality of life. Our eating disorder blogger, Patricia Lemoine, is a prime example of that. (Recovering From Bulimia vs Recovered From Bulimia)

The great thing about Eating Disorders Awareness Week is we, as a community, have an opportunity to enlighten others as well as ourselves about the ins-and-outs of eating disorders. At HealthyPlace, we hope you'll take advantage of that.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: Do you have an eating disorder plus another mental health condition, like depression, anxiety, an addiction? If so, how does one affect the other? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents: Is Love Enough?
  2. Overcoming Negative Self Talk with a Writing Exercise
  3. Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder: Symptoms, Treatment, Effects

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Are You Putting Too Much Stress on Your Kids?

Some parents put a lot of stress on their kids to perform. The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, has some ideas on how to handle this pressure to help kids that are anxious and stressed out.

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These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

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  • Psychoeducation Reduces Internalised Stigmatisation In Bipolar Patients
  • Substance Abuse Worsens Course Of First-Episode Psychosis
  • Factors Predicting Disengagement From Psychosis Early Intervention Identified
  • Comorbid OCD And Bipolar Disorder Should Be Treated As Mood Disorder
  • Psychotherapies Have Specific Effects On Psychosis Symptoms
  • Delusions: Faulty 'Reality Testing' To Blame, Study Suggests
  • Cortical Thickness Changes May Contribute To Early Schizophrenia

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2014, February 26). Why Eating Disorders Awareness Week Is Important, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 18 from

Last Updated: September 3, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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