Eating Disorders Statistics, anad.org
“• Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression.1
• Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment. Only 35% of people that receive treatment for eating disorders get treatment at a specialized facility for eating disorders.2
• Up to 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.3
• Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.4..”
Eating Disorders Causes and Risk Factors healthline.com
“…The exact cause of eating disorders is unknown. However, many doctors believe that a combination of genetic, physical, social, and psychological factors may contribute to the development of an eating disorder. ..
Part 1 of 3: Causes
What Causes Eating Disorders?
The exact cause of eating disorders is unknown. However, many doctors believe that a combination of genetic, physical, social, and psychological factors may contribute to the development of an eating disorder.
Certain genes may increase a person’s susceptibility to developing an eating disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with first-degree relatives who have an eating disorder are more likely to have one, too.
Research suggests that serotonin may influence eating behaviors. Serotonin is a naturally-occurring brain chemical that helps regulate mood, learning, and sleep, among other things.
People with an eating disorder may have an underlying psychological or mental health problem that may contribute to the disorder. These problems may include:
Success and worth are often equated with physical beauty and a slim physique. This is especially true in Western culture. The desire to succeed or feel accepted may fuel behaviors associated with eating disorders.
Written by Kimberly Holland | Published on November 26, 2014 healthline.com
“…Treatment for an eating disorder differs from person to person. A combination of traditional and alternative treatments may be used. The type of treatment used will vary based on the person’s situation, dedication to getting well, and personal history with the eating disorder….
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My Eating Disorder & Recovery Story tashalee.org
Hi, my name is (anonymous) and I am a believer in Jesus Christ and a recovered compulsive eater. I grew up in a wonderful family, surrendered my life to Christ at a very young age, was discipled by a strong youth leader in the Biblical faith, joined the church and publicly confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior in my teenage years. …
I had heard about Overeaters Anonymous from some acquaintances in AA, and even though I thought the idea of the 12 steps were great, had never gotten the courage to try it out. Now was the time.
I attended my first OA meeting and was SO RELIEVED to hear these other people talk who could understand about bingeing and sneaking and hiding food and stealing from roommates! I no longer felt like I was all alone. Unfortunately…that relief was the extent of what I did in OA, because even though I knew I had a problem, I was not yet willing to give up my bingeing—I still saw my compulsive eating as a source of ease and comfort. …
I ended up at Christian 12-step at my church, heard a woman give her testimony at the recovery worship service, and was shocked that she publicly shared about her pornography addiction. I sought this woman out afterward, and she tried to help me with the steps, but said it seemed my sex addiction was rooted in my unresolved compulsive eating, and she thought I needed to find on OA sponsor. Meanwhile, she challenged me to go to any length for recovery, which I did, including going to Christian counseling, going to AA meetings every day, going to OA meetings, not only in my area, but also online and phone meetings….
As a young girl, Lauryn associated beauty with weight and a deadly eating disorder took root in her life.
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