National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEBODY. It’s estimated that we see 3,000 advertisements each day, often messages that result in women and men hating their bodies.

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Twenty million women and 10 million men suffer from a diagnosed eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating or another non-specified eating problem, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. If left untreated, they can lead to other serious health problems affecting the heart or digestive organs.

Americans afflicted with eating disorders outnumber those with Alzheimer’s disease almost six to one, but National Institutes of Health funding for Alzheimer’s averages way over the amount that is spent to research eating disorders.

98% of American women are not as thin as fashion models. The average American woman is 5’4″ and weighs 165 pounds. The average miss America winner is 5’7″ and weighs 121 pounds. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

33% of adolescent males use unhealthy weight control behaviors. Up to 43% of men are dissatisfied with their bodies. The muscularity of an ideal male in the media has increased from  the 1970’s to the 1990’s presenting a largely unattainable muscular body type. Males are less likely to get help because they are embarrassed.


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