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Eating Disorder Awareness Week

By: Emma Davis/Editor-in-Chief

Eating disorders happen to be the second most fatal mental illnesses in the world, affecting millions. An estimated 9% of the U.S population will have an eating disorder in their lifetime.

February 27 through March 3 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and is meant to emphasize the seriousness of eating disorders across the United States, especially for women and girls of all ages.

This year, Blue Ridge’s SADD Club joins other organizations and health professionals throughout the country to increase awareness of eating disorders and their associated health and emotional impacts.

Leigha McCain, SADD president, says, “SADD is creating a poster to hang in the lobby. This poster will have facts about eating disorders and ways that we can spread awareness.”

“I think this is a great way to spread knowledge on a sensitive topic. Some people may need this little boost to either help someone they know with an eating disorder or help themselves.”

Types of Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa: Anorexia nervosa is characterized by self-starvation and weight loss resulting in low weight for height and age.

There are two types:

  • Restricting type: The loss of weight primarily by dieting, fasting or excessively exercising.
  • Binge-eating/purging type: A person engages in intermittent binge eating and/or purging behaviors.

Bulimia Nervosa: Eating disorder characterized by secretly overeating followed by self-induced vomiting or purging, strict dieting, or extreme exercising.

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Binge Eating: Eating large amounts of food in a short amount of time with out control.

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): A defined eating disorder that involves a disturbance  in eating with persistent failure to meet nutritional needs. (Extreme picky eating)

Pica: an eating disorder in which a person repeatedly eats things that are not food with no nutritional value.

For more information on the types of eating disorders and more in depth information visit:https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/eating-disorders/what-are-eating-disorders

Signs to look For

Most people understand an eating disorder is unhealthy relationships with food but but it is vital to see the warning signs for those that might struggle so they can get the support they need.

Symptoms and behaviors of Anorexia:

  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Wearing loose, bulky clothes to hide weight loss
  • Preoccupation with food, dieting, counting calories etc.
  • Refusal to eat certain foods
  • Refusing mealtimes or eating in front of others
  • Exercising excessively
  • Making comments about being “Fat”
  • Complaining about constipation or stomach pain
  • Denying that extreme thinness is a problem

Symptoms and behaviors of Bulimia:

  • Evidence of binge eating, including disappearance of large amounts of food in a short time, or finding lots of empty food wrappers or containers
  • Evidence of purging, including trips to the bathroom after meals, sounds or smells of vomiting, or packages of laxatives or diuretics
  • Skipping meals or avoiding eating in front of others, or eating very small portions
  • Exercising excessively
  • Wearing baggy clothes to hide the body
  • Complaining about being “fat”
  • Using gum, mouthwash, or mints excessively
  • Constantly dieting
  • Scarred knuckles from repeatedly inducing vomiting

Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating:

  • Evidence of binge eating, including disappearance of large amounts of food in a short time, or finding lots of empty food wrappers or containers
  • Hoarding food, or hiding large quantities of food in strange places
  • Wearing baggy clothes to hide the body
  • Skipping meals or avoiding eating in front of others
  • Constantly dieting, but rarely losing weight

For more in depth information visit:https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/signs-of-eating-disorders

Resources

Reaching out for help is something you should never be ashamed of. Here are some hotlines if needed:

Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: 1-888-375-7767

Academy of Nutrition and Dietics’ Food and Nutrition Hotline:

Phone: 1-800-877-1600

Website: https://www.eatright.org/

About: Whether someone has questions about meal planning, special dietary needs, weight management, or general nutrition, the Food and Nutrition Hotline serves as a trusted resource to promote informed and healthy food choices for individuals and families.

Be Nourished:

Website: https://benourished.org/

About: Be Nourished is a body trust organization that offers workshops, trainings, and resources centered around body acceptance and healing from disordered eating. They emphasize the importance of body autonomy, intuitive eating, and challenging diet culture.

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA):

Website:https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

About: NEDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals affected by eating disorders. While not solely focused on body positivity, they promote body acceptance and work towards eliminating body image issues. They offer helplines, resources, and educational materials on eating disorders and body image concerns.

The Center of Mindful Eating:

Webiste:https://www.thecenterformindfuleating.org/

About: The Center for Mindful Eating is a non-profit organization that promotes mindful eating practices to support a healthy relationship with food and body. They offer resources, webinars, and professional training to promote a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to eating.

Information was taken from: https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/treatment-for-eating-disorders/eating-disorder-hotlines

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you or a loved one is struggling.

 

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