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Myths about eating disorders

Only females have eating disorders.
The majority (90%) of diagnosed cases occur among females, but experts believe that many eating disorders among men go unreported.

eating disorders are not dangerous.
Anorexia and Bulimia can cause serious physical problems which may lead to death.  Too many people have died from eating disorders.

You do not have an eating disorder unless you are clearly overweight or underweight
Unhealthy weights are only one symptom of an eating disorder.   About 70% of women who have bulimia nervosa are at a normal weight.  Psychological symptoms are often more reliable.

What is the price to pay?
eating disorders are about food.
Eating disorders have less to do with food and more to do with how an individual thinks, feels, and copes with life stresses.   People with eating disorders often struggle with needing a sense of control.

once an anorexic gets back to a normal weight, she is recovered.
Changes in weight and eating behavior alone or changes in emotional function alone do not constitute recovery. Both types of change must occur simultaneously.

People who have eating disorders just want to be skinny.
People with eating disorders often have a distorted view of their body.  They may have an intense fear of gaining weight.  Their problems are much deeper than simply wanting to be skinny.

Anorexia nervosa
bulimia nervosa
dangers & consequences

Could you eat this and not feel guilty?

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