If you think you might be suffering from an eating disorder, you need to know...
No one chooses to develop an eating disorder and no one causes an eating disorder.
Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes and really aren't about what a person looks like. Eating Disorders are about how people feel about themselves. They affect both males and females, all ethnic groups, average weight, overweight, and underweight individuals at all ages.
No one should tolerate weight teasing, just as there should be no tolerance for any other form of bullying and discrimination. Weight teasing lowers self-esteem and body-esteem -- two factors that children need to resist to not develop eating disorders.
Early intervention for eating disorders is essential. It is important to break the cycle and take action as early as possible. Persons with eating disorders should not give up hope.
There is treatment for eating disorders and there are benefits to being evaluated by and receiving treatment from specialized clinicians.
A person with an eating disorder may isolate themselves out of shame or embarrassment. People should reach out to the individual or find someone the person trusts and ask her/him to reach out. Recovery happens in connection with others.
There are options for levels of care for adults and adolescents including outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential, and inpatient care. Individual, group, family and multifamily therapies are all available.
Everyone can benefit from embracing the concept of healthy eating, a positive body image and an attitude of self-care. Eating healthfully and feeling good about our bodies and ourselves helps individuals struggling with eating disorders. We need to practice the changes we would like for others.