Myth:Eating Disorders are about food and being thin
Fact: Eating Disorders have very little to do with food and the body
Myth:People are either anorexic, bulimic, or binge eaters
Fact: Eating Disorder categories cross over more often than not
Myth:Eating Disorders only affect white, adolescent, females
Fact: People of all ages, races, classes, genders and sexual orientation can be affected by Eating Disorders
Myth:Eating Disorders are not very serious
Fact: Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health issue
Myth:Eating Disorders are resolved when people show up to food and regulate their weight
Fact:Though people may be physically restored and show up for food, this does not mean they are not still deeply affected by the Eating Disorder
Eating disorders are mental health issues that manifest themselves in a variety of unhealthy eating and weight control habits that become obsessive, compulsive, and/or impulsive in nature. Though these manifestations show up in patterns or practices with food and the body, eating disorders are not exclusively about food and the body. In fact, eating disorders are about issues of control, trauma, self-worth, depression, anxiety, or some other psychological symptom.
Eating disorders are generally defined as anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. It is important to note that though some people experience these disorders exclusively, many people tend to experience a combination of symptoms from the various disorders.
Characterized by a person’s obsession with controlling their eating and refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height.
Characterized by cycles of bingeing and purging. People with bulimia may well have a weight that is regarded as “normal”.
Characterized as recurrent episodes of binge eating without being associated with the regular use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors (e.g., purging, fasting, excessive exercise).
Over-exercise disorders, like eating disorders, are used to provide control, soothe anxieties, offer structure, maintain self-esteem, and purge the body.
Because exercise is honored in our society as being representative of those who are healthy and disciplined, often over-exercise disorders goes unnoticed.