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Today’s post about eating disorder and disordered eating awareness is a topic close to my heart and an important one for me to share. My passion for this topic stems from a very personal place — my own struggles with food and body for a very large chunk of my life.
This is National Eating Disorder Awareness week (Feb. 26th through March 4th). If you (or someone you love) are struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating, please know that there is help available. It’s OK to speak up and ask for help. And most importantly, please know that you are not alone.
Eating Disorder & Disordered Eating Awareness – It’s Time to Talk About It
It is likely that these numbers are underreported, especially for men, because of the shame and embarrassment that comes with an eating disorder. When it comes to men and eating disorders, it can be even more deeply embarrassing for them to admit that they are struggling with something that is considered by society to be “a woman’s issue.”
It’s also important to understand that these statistics just reflect the disorders that are diagnosed at a clinical level. There are a lot of people who may not meet the clinical definition of having an eating disorder, yet they have a very unhealthy relationship with food, body, and/or exercise.
Disordered eating and eating disorders often hide in plain sight. They can affect anyone and everyone, regardless of age or gender. They can develop quickly, or they can develop slowly over time. Each person’s experience will be different, but there will always be similarities as well.