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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Posted by Dr. Susan on February 27, 2008

February 24-March 1 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. It is a time for those who struggle with ED’s to take stock of their struggles and renew their efforts towards physical and emotional health, recognizing that every success in such a war, no matter how small is hard won and one of which to be proud.

It is also a time for observers to recognize that ED’s are not a choice–a wishful desire to be thin. I hear girls, women and even men comment “I wish I could catch Anorexia for a little while so I could lose some weight”. ED’s are a disease of body image¬†distortion, of loss of control and of an inability to nurture¬†your body against even the knowledge that you may be killilng yourself.

Awareness is just the beginning. We need more research, more support and more high quality treatment for those with eating disorders. Not just for girls and women. For boys and men too.

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