National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

is Feb. 21 – 27. An anonymous, free, online screening is available at It takes as little as three minutes to complete. Here are nine truths about eating disorders, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.

  • Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.
  • Families are not to blame and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.
  • An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.
  • Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.
  • Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations and socioeconomic statuses.
  • Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.
  • Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.
  • Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.
  • Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.
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