According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, and the National Institutes of Health estimate that 25% of all college students have an eating disorder. Societal pressures and genetics are the two main factors in the increasing number of people suffering from eating disorders.
NEDA points out that “eating disorders can damage almost every organ system or body part, including the brain, liver, kidneys, heart, GI tract, bones, teeth, skin and hair. If left untreated, eating disorders can result in osteoporosis, retarded growth, kidney problems, ulcers and heart failure. Eating disorders can also lead to death.” Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder.
That is why the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week was created, to help highlight this serious medical problem and help provide awareness around how to help combat it. This year’s focus is on early detection and awareness, with the theme “3 Minutes Can Save a Life: Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy“.
As a part of this year’s campaign, an anonymous, free online screening was created to help promote the early detection and awareness at the following link:
For more information about eating disorders and on the activities for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, visit http://nedawareness.org/content/nedawareness-campaign-overview