Sunday, February 21, 2016
Eating Disorders: Early Intervention Can Save a Life
As many as 30 million people in America will struggle with an
eating disorder at some point in their life. With statistics this
high, it is likely that you, or someone you know,
has dealt with this mental health issue. Family members,
friends, and even coworkers can struggle with anorexia,
bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Despite their prevalence,
eating disorders are treatable. As with most illnesses, the earlier
an eating disorder is detected and treated, the better chance exists
for successful recovery.
What is an eating disorder? An eating disorder is a mental illness
that causes a serious change in your diet. It
can lead you to eat
a very small amount of
food or even
Sometimes eating disorders begin
over time, spiral out of control.
Eating disorders can also be characterized by an obsession with
weight, body shape, and even depression.
Eating disorders often begin in the teenage years.
In fact, eating disorders represent
the third most common chronic illness (after asthma and
obesity) in adolescent girls.
Although eating disorders are less common among adults,
they can easily persist past the teenage years.
Because of this, early intervention is important.
Parents, classmates, and teachers are in a crucial position
to notice the first symptoms.
The changes that may indicate the onset of an
eating disorder are not always obvious.
Those who struggle with bulimia or binge-eating disorder,
for example, will not necessarily be underweight.
Parents and friends may instead notice
a depressed mood or
withdrawal from things once enjoyed.
Obsessive exercise habits, frequent trips to the
bathroom following meals, or physical complaints
including dizziness, headaches, and constipation can also be signs.
Concerned about someone you know but not sure how to help?
Online screenings are a great place to start.
Online screenings consist of a series of questions designed
to indicate whether symptoms of an
eating disorder are present.
After completing the screening, participants receive immediate,
confidential feedback and referral information to
local resources for further information or treatment.
As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
(February 21 -27), screenings are available online
and in-person at organizations across the country.
Screening for Mental Health is proud to partner
with the National Eating Disorders Association to
The website provides anonymous online
eating disorder screenings and information on
participating organizations where you live.
Spreading eating disorder awareness can save lives.
Join us during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
as we work to provide screenings and information
to those who need it most.
with someone you care about. Early intervention can be
the key to recovery.
- See more at: https://mentalhealthscreening.org/blog/eating-disorders-early-intervention-can-save-a-life#sthash.HJHgzAIW.dpuf
Julie Zaruba Fountaine
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