Saturday, 15 February 2014

Everybody Knows Somebody...

Everybody knows somebody...

Eating disorders are a group of mental illnesses characterized by abnormal eating habits which may involve insufficient or excessive food intake detrimental to a person's physical and mental health. Eating disorders carry with them the highest mortality rate of any other mental illness including depression with Anorexia Nervosa carrying the highest rate.

Eating disorders can affect anyone... age group, ethnicity and sex however Anorexia and Bulimia are most common around the ages of 15-24 with 90% of sufferers being females and 10% males. Not everyone who suffers with an eating disorder is underweight; underweight is a symptom NOT the illness. Eating disorders are often associated with traumatic events, low self esteem, having a genetic predisposition to the illness and an inability to communicate effectively.

On average recovery from an eating disorder is 5-7 years. With treatment 60% of people make a full recovery, 20% make a partial recovery and the other 20% continue to suffer. Without treatment 20% of people with serious eating disorders die. (, 2011)
If you wish to learn and understand what it's like to have an eating disorder check out my post on Inside The Mind Of Anorexia: Why Someone Can't "Just Eat".

My advice on helping those with an eating disorder and preventing others from developing one is to educate those with eating disorders and others ESPECIALLY young girls and parents about eating disorders, self love, healthy eating and exercise, body image, positive coping mechanisms and how to deal with traumatic events, growing up and life changes as well as goal setting and knowing that no matter who you are you are loved and have someone to talk to.

That person that you know that is suffering with an eating disorder is going to need a whole lot love, support and empathy but also at times tough love and they will need to face the harsh realities of their illness as only someone suffering can make the choice to get better and to find something to fight and live for. Always remember that they are fighting a very powerful internal battle and that they do not choose to have an eating disorder but they do however have the choice to fight with the right treatment, motivation, love and support.

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With love
Rainbow :) xoxo

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