Eating Disorders Awareness
Did you know nearly 10 million females and 1 million males in the U.S. are battling Eating Disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, while there are millions more suffering from Binge Eating Disorder? The peak onset of eating disorders occur during puberty/late teens and early adult years. More than one in three normal dieters progresses to pathological dieting.
It’s Time to Talk About It
Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening mental illnesses. They are not “just a phase” but instead require professional help. No one chooses to have the illness, but people do make decisions along the recovery road to get
better. Many people suffer silently. Today, the good news is that not as many people are suffering in silence. More than ever, individuals are recognizing that they struggle with an eating disorder and are reaching out for help. The bad news is that sometimes these pleas for help fall on deaf ears. A doctor might not think someone has an eating disorder because lab reports come out okay. Or, a parent may not believe their son or daughter has a problem, because they makes good grades in school and seem happy. And, sometimes your best friend doesn't want to think you may be sick or that anything is wrong, because you look just fine.
It’s time we all know the truth. And it’s time to talk about it.
Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t discriminate by size, weight, ethnicity, gender, culture, age, or anything else. Sadly, eating disorders can and do impact many people, even those who hide behind a smile.
Please contact the counseling services if you would like to talk to someone in person or to get more information on this important issue.
Student Psychological Counseling Services:
Linda Karmelich, MA, LMFT