National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 9 was the last day of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This year’s slogan, “Everyone knows someone” is a fantastic one, as upwards of 20 million Americans and 3 million Canadians suffer from eating disorders. 9 out of 10 are women.

As someone who has suffered, and is still fighting, I know just how serious, debilitating, and consuming an eating disorder can be. It is not, contrary to public belief, just being “really good at dieting”. It isn’t “just a phase”, and it won’t be fixed by “just eating a burger”. It can’t be cured with a pill or a shot, and it won’t disappear like a rash.

If you are suffering, or know someone suffering, do some research and get in touch with a professional. The most dangerous thing for an eating disorder is silence. Do not ignore it; as awful as it is to say, I promise it will not just go away. Tell a friend, a parent, an aunt, a teacher, your doctor– whoever you trust. It will be the best choice you’ve ever made. You’ll get your life back.

For more information about Eating Disorder Awareness Week, click here or here.nedawareness_logo-color

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