The last week of February marks National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The commemoration is headed by the National Eating Disorders Association, which is the last largest non -profit group in the United States that specifically dedicates resources to raising awareness about eating disorders, and supporting the individuals and families that are severely impacted by these disorders.
Eating disorders are far more common than you think. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, across the United States, as many as 20 million women will fall victim to an eating disorder in their lifetimes. Men are not immune to the societal pressures and emotional disturbances that often trigger these disorders, and approximately 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder.Eating disorders can affect any one, regardless of age, race, class, religion, education levels, and body weight.
Eating disorders very often end in death or in permanent harm to the person’s health. They are also the second deadliest mental disorders, second only to addiction in the number of deaths they cause every year.