Nutrition: Eating Disorder Awareness

Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Monday–Sunday, February 24–March 1

By Alysse Anderegg, WAC Dietitian & Wellness Coach

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Disordered eating patterns are extremely common in our culture as a result of overbearing nutrition information, media influence, and a lack of appropriate emotional coping strategies. We are brainwashed to strive toward a certain body type and label foods as “good, bad, healthy, unhealthy, clean, unclean,” etc. We also eat as a response to emotion—when we are happy, sad and stressed.

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These factors blur and complicate relationships with food, exercise, and body image. In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness week, let us recognize those who are battling chronic eating issues. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know, contact the National Eating Disorder Association for resources, and don’t hesitate to email me for for support.

 

—Posted February 26, 2020; MJ

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