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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020

Eating disorders affect 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States. Research has shown that body image, poor self-esteem, dieting fads, and fat-shaming all contribute to the development of eating disorders not just in young girls but both men and women of all ages and social classes. Anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and bulimia nervosa are the most well-known eating disorders. However, there are many other eating disorders, such as avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), pica, and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) that affect many individuals. Unfortunately, these other disorders are not as widely publicized. 

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a national campaign that takes place every year to raise awareness about eating disorders and provide resources for those who are curious about the disorders or who are interested in seeking treatment.

National Eating Disorder Association

This year’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 21th-March 1rd 2020, and is sponsored by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). This year’s theme is “Come as You Are: Hindsight is 20/20”. The goal is to reflect on the positive steps taken towards accepting oneself and others. “Our culture has complicated relationships with food, exercise, and appearance. Thirty million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating disorder, and millions more will battle food and body image issues that have many negative impacts on their lives. But because of stigma and old stereotypes, many people don’t get the support they deserve. Join the conversation and help us raise awareness, bust myths, get people screened, and start journeys to healing”.

NEDA is hosting multiple events across the United States, including awareness walks, legislative events, community center events, body image workshops, and educational events hosted at schools. Additionally, NEDA is promoting a huge social media campaign where anyone can get involved and ask questions, share their stories, and learn about eating disorders from other individuals.

Take a free Eating Disorder Evaluation

This evaluation can help determine if you or a loved one may benefit from consulting with an eating disorder professional.

Taking a look at the statistics

  • At least 30 million individuals of all ages and genders in the United States are diagnosed with an eating disorder, which is approximately 8% of the population, which equals out to 20 million women and 10 million men.
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health disorder
  • Approximately 30% of individuals who engage in binge and purge behaviors also engage in self-harm behaviors such as cutting
  • Approximately ever 60 seconds, an individual dies as a direct result of an eating disorder
  • It is thought that ARFID may affect 3-5% of children
  • 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.
  • Only one in 10 individuals with an eating disorder will receive treatment
  • 13% of women over the age of 50 engage is some sort of eating disorder behavior
  • 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat
  • Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States affecting 3.5% of women and 2% of men
  • Approximately 50% of the risk for binge eating disorder is genetic
  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) may be more common in boys than girls
  • Approximately 10% of female college students suffer from a clinical eating disorder

How can Center For Discovery Help You

Seeking professional treatment is the only way to overcome an eating disorder. Studies have shown that the majority of individuals with anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa do not seek treatment and therefore are at a higher risk for medical complications, suicide or co-occurring disorders. Additionally treatment and recovery for an eating disorder is generally lifelong, meaning that each day can be a battle but overtime this battle becomes easier when you gain the right coping skills and tools to help overcome your disease.

Center For Discovery can help provide that professional treatment for you and your loved ones.  Whether it’s an intimate residential setting, or a focused day treatment program, Discovery has the tools, resources, and specialists to help with the road to recovery.  Call us today at 855.820.3820, or contact us below so that we can help you get on your path to recovery today!

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  • I was sent to [Center for Discovery], an all women's eating disorder treatment facility, and I was terrified to go. I was told I would be there for a month and would return home after that. I ended staying there for almost 3 months, and I can honestly say I am beyond thankful for my time there. I learned so much and they helped me find myself and get over my traumas and learn to cope with issues that I was having. All the staff was super helpful and had my best interest at heart. I may have not liked all of them, but I knew they wanted what was best for me. Even after my insurance run out, the therapist I was working with arranged for me to go to another center to continue my treatment because I was not ready to come home. I highly recommend getting help with Center for Discovery. They truly care!
    Rebecca S
  • I was at [Center for Discovery] for 6 weeks. I'm from Ohio and being so far away from home was hard. The staff made me feel super comfortable and cared for, making my stay much more manageable. The program was very individualized. They worked hard to make sure my specific needs were met and that my specific behaviors were addressed. This is a top notch facility with incredibly caring staff. Not only were the house staff wonderful, but everyone from admissions to the medical director worked hard to make sure I knew what was going on. This is a wonderful company who are true to what they say. They gave me my life back. I'm someone who has been in and out of treatment for my eating disorder and this program was by far the best. I feel so optimistic about my future. The progress I made there was life changing and I will be forever grateful. I recommend this program to anyone who is serious, willing, and ready to get better.
    Natalie F
  • I was surprised by my parents with the option of going to get help for my eating disorder and overall unhealthy lifestyle. I so badly wanted to get help, but was too ashamed. After talking to my mom I agreed to at least talk to someone from Center for Discoveryabout what program I would be in and what it would be like. The gal was super helpful, kind, and did not make me feel like I was the only person who suffered from what I did. She was very patient with me and overall helped out our family with the process of insurance and costs and what not. As for the actual facility I stayed at, it was a great experience.
    Rebecca S
  • We had our son in an acute care hospital and the social worker recommended the Center for Discovery. Before our son was discharged, my wife and I met with the staff and toured the facility. We were impressed by the staff and how the program was structured. Our son was there 6 weeks. It was a game changer and now we feel our son left with a good base of skills that he has continued to use. We now feel our son can leave a normal type life and not have to worry that he may need to live in a group home setting as an adult. We can't say enough for the help and support we received from the entire staff at the Center for Discovery. When we were considering the facility we did some reviews on line. Some weren't overly positive, but most were and we feel that it was a very positive experience for our son and our family. Even our son now admits that he learned some great skills and that his time at Center for Discovery turned his life around.
    John W
    Parent of Alumni

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