Take the Eating Disorders Quiz
In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) has published this eating disorders quiz. There are many myths out there about eating disorders. How much do you know?
Take the eating disorders quiz here: http://nedawareness.org/quiz
Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Just for taking the eating disorders quiz, the Eating Disorder Center of Denver will make a donation to NEDA. The mission of NEDA’s eating disorder awareness week is to “increase awareness of eating disorders and body image issues, while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment resources. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses – not choices – and it’s important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.”
NEDA states that, “Eating disorders are complex illnesses that arise from a combination of long-standing behavioral, emotional, psychological, interpersonal, biological and social factors. As our natural body size and shape is largely determined by genetics, fighting our natural size and shape can lead to unhealthy dieting practices, poor body image and decreased self-esteem. Body dissatisfaction and thin ideal internalization are both significant risk factors for the development of eating disorder behaviors like restricting and binge eating. While eating disorders may begin with preoccupations with food and weight, they are about much more than food. Recent research has shown that genetic factors create vulnerabilities that place individuals at risk for acting on cultural pressures and using food to feel in control or manage overwhelming emotions.
In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED).”
Get Help for an Eating Disorder
Recovery is possible! If you or someone you know is struggling with eating disorder symptoms, contact a therapist for an assessment. The sooner you address the eating disorder, the sooner recovery can begin and minimize the threat of chronic illness and serious medical complications.
Contact us to for counseling about eating disorders. Your are not alone, and it gets better. We also offer online therapy if traveling is a concern. Our therapists in Houston are available for face to face sessions as online therapy sessions in limited areas.To get started now give us a call to schedule an appointment at 832-559-2622 or schedule an appointment online.
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