Care Solace Article: Eating Disorder Awareness Week
This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week). Eating disorders are the second most fatal mental health disorder (source: NEDA). Due to the immense risk eating disorders have on our communities, educating ourselves on the signs, symptoms, and paths to recovery is important.
There are three categories of risk factors NEDA outlines for eating disorders:
- Biological - Our family's genetic makeup can affect our overall health, including the likelihood of an eating disorder. Have conversations with your family about struggles and discuss safety measures you can take to identify risks and seek help if needed.
- Psychological - Perfectionism is the strongest risk factor for developing an eating disorder. Many voices in our society tell us what is beautiful or acceptable. Setting unrealistic standards about our looks or body image can cause issues with our overall health.
- Social pressures - Pressure to become someone different can happen in our community when we experience bullying, isolation, or have a body type or culture that is different from friends and classmates.
We’re all valued and important. If you struggle with your body image, are bullied, or feel isolated at school and want to talk to someone, we’re here to help you.
Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided by Wayne-Westland Community School District. If you want to use Care Solace to help you find a mental health or substance use provider:
Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365.
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