National eating disorder awareness week 2012
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2012 February 26 th –March 3 rd “ Struggle doesn’t frighten me now because I know I’ll survive no matter what.” -Marya Hornbacher
“ EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEBODY” <ul><li>In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Millions more are struggling with binge eating disorder. </li></ul><ul><li>(Crowther et al., 1992; Fairburn et al., 1993; Gordon, 1990; Hoek, 1995; Shisslak et al., 1995). </li></ul>
If you don’t think that you know anyone who is currently suffering from an eating disorder or someone who is in life-long recovery, maybe my story will change your mind...
I was a happy child.
I was an honors student with non-existent disciplinary problems.
I was always told that I was mature for my age.
I was a starter on my junior high school’s basketball team.
I was also on the volleyball team.
I had the best friends a girl could ask for.
I had a bright future.
However, in the midst of these seemingly fortunate circumstances, for three years, I had also been secretly suffering from a deadly disease.
The people closest to me began commenting on my weight loss, but this only added fuel to the fire. The amount of damage I was doing to my body wasn’t truly visible until later...
Over time, my body started to deteriorate. I was 6 feet tall, 125 lbs, a size 1, and I was still not at my “ideal weight.” I was unintentionally killing myself.
In late September of 2009, I let go of the denial and feelings of guilt and embarrassment for my actions against my body, and I told my parents everything. I needed help. <ul><li>That same day, at the age of 16, </li></ul><ul><li>I was diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia, both. </li></ul>
Usually, it’s not about the food or the weight. For me, it was about handling my depression, anxiety, ideas of perfection, and control. I had left school and pushed everyone away who cared the most about me. The only choice I had was to get well. <ul><li>I participated in art therapy, </li></ul><ul><li>saw countless therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists inside and outside of intensive outpatient programs and church. </li></ul><ul><li>I got the help I needed, and it was </li></ul><ul><li>the best decision I ever made. </li></ul><ul><li>000 </li></ul>
“ Everybody Knows Somebody” Who: <ul><li>skips meals regularly </li></ul><ul><li>uses diuretics and/or laxatives to get rid of bloating or water weight </li></ul><ul><li>exercises in excessive amounts </li></ul><ul><li>puts food in the trash instead of in his/her stomach </li></ul><ul><li>has tried every “promising” diet </li></ul><ul><li>overeats when he/she is depressed or anxious </li></ul><ul><li>feels that his/her life is out of control, so he/she controls food instead </li></ul><ul><li>eats excessive amounts of food in a short amount of time and purges it back up </li></ul><ul><li>obsesses over caloric/fat/carb intake </li></ul><ul><li>consistently makes comments about his/her weight in a negative way </li></ul><ul><li>The list goes on... </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
Still think you don’t know anyone? <ul><li>95% of those suffering from an eating disorder are between the ages of 12 and 25. </li></ul><ul><li>25% of female college students report binging and purging as a way of maintaining their weight. That’s one in every four girls you pass each day on campus. </li></ul><ul><li>An estimated 10-15% of sufferers are male; however, they are less likely to seek treatment because eating disorders are looked at as a “woman’s disease.” </li></ul><ul><li>More than likely, you see AT LEAST one person every single day who is suffering silently. </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
This disease has the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. Don’t let it go that far. <ul><li>If you or someone you know is suffering </li></ul><ul><li>from any form of an eating disorder, </li></ul><ul><li>SPEAK UP or GET HELP . </li></ul><ul><li>We come in all shapes and sizes. We’re all </li></ul><ul><li>beautiful, and we deserve to feel that way. </li></ul><ul><li>www.NationalEatingDisorders.org </li></ul><ul><li>is full of information that helped save my life, and I can only hope that information will help you too. </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
My name is Lauren, and I have been recovering from anorexia and bulimia for over two years now. I decided to homeschool for the remainder of high school, graduated early, and I am now using my experiences to help others in the future by majoring in psychology. This is a life-long fight, but I have made it so far, and so can YOU.