Eating disorders – not just about food and weight

Eating Disorders are serious and complex mental health disorders, influenced by a facet of factors. Though the exact cause of eating disorders is unknown, it is generally believed that a combination of biological, psychological and social factors contribute to the development of these illnesses. They are a coping mechanism for difficulties in that individua’ls life, and are much more about feelings at the core, than they are about just food or weight.

Eating disorders have no look, shape or size. They can affect anyone, at any age, gender, race, ethnic background, from all walks of life. Eating disorders are as individual as the people they affect.

Behind every statistic, every diagnosis, is a person who feels. You deserve to be heard, you deserve to be valued. EveryBODY deserves support.

If I could offer anyone reading our content this week for EDAW that may be struggling in silence with their eating disorder, I want to remind you that you are so much more than your eating disorder. You are more than numbers, shape or size. You bring value to this world simply by being you.  Eating disorders thrive in isolation, recovery begins with support.

If you are struggling today please know that your voice matters, you deserve to be heard.  It is never too soon, or too late to ask for help. EveryBODY can be affected by eating disorders, so everyBODY deserves support.

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