Get the facts:
- It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women and one million men.
- Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
- National Eating Disorder Awareness Week February 26-March 3.
- Disorders that are considered clinically dangerous/significant: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).
- People suffering from eating disorders are more likely to develop depression and other mental disorders.
- Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening mental illnesses that affect both physical and mental health.
- They are not a fad, phase or lifestyle choice.
- Abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure, which mean that the heart muscle is changing. The risk for heart failure rises as the heart rate and blood pressurelevels sink lower and lower.
- Reduction of bone density (osteoporosis), which results in dry, brittle bones.
- Muscle loss and weakness.
- Severe dehydration, which can result in kidney failure.
- Fainting, fatigue, and overall weakness.
- Dry hair and skin; hair loss is common.
- Women may begin to lose their periods, and may even lose the ability to bear children.
- For females between fifteen to twenty-four years old who suffer from anorexia nervosa, themortality rate associated with the illness is twelve times higher than the death rate of allother causes of death (Sullivan, 1995).
If you ever need to talk about anything, I am here. I have been through it, I have known people who have gone through it, and I have seen the damage that it has done to not only myself, but to everyone else this terrible disorder has touched. Please do not hesitate to come to me whenever you are feeling low. Remember that there are people who are out there who want nothing more than to help you and see you healthy. I care about you and I want to see you healthy.
For more information.
Eating Disorder Treatment Hotline
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