National Eating Disorder Awareness

National Eating Disorder Awareness week is February 26- March 4

The purpose of National Eating Disorders Awareness week is to bring attention and resources to those family members, friends or persons who may be concerned or in need.

Eating disorders can include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders and are serious illnesses that have the highest mortality rate among mental health concerns. They can strongly impact the individual’s attitudes, behaviors and emotions surrounding food and body image. Eating disorders can co occur with other conditions including depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

On average, 30 million Americans struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives (National Eating Disorder Association).

Becoming familiar with warning signs and symptoms can be imperative to helping support someone you may be concerned about.

Please utilize the link below for more information on NEDA week and eating disorders from the National Eating Disorder Association:

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