June 17, 2010 -- Eating disorders affect approximately 24 million Americans, and approximately 10 to15 percent are men, according to the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. There are many factors that can lead to an eating disorder, including depression, anxiety, and sexual abuse. In many cases people who suffer from an eating disorder have an unhealthy desire for perfection or are seeking control.
Anyone suffering from an eating disorder should get professional help as soon as possible. Here is a list of resources that can help clairfy the causes of an eating disorder and provide information on how to seek proper treatment. There are seveal organizations that offer support and connect people to a network of individuals and families who share share the same experiences with eating disorders.
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness is a non-profit organization that works to prevent eating disorders and promote a positive body image among men and women. The Alliance offers educational presentations and mentoring services.
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders provides treatment resources as well as a hotline for individuals seeking help.
An important step in overcoming an eating disorder is learning a to eat a balanced diet. The National Eating Disorders Association advocates healthier eating through public service campaigns and nationwide events.
Eating disorders don't only affect the individuals who suffer from it; often the disease takes a toll on family members as well. Families need support and information about how to help. An international organization called Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment (FEAST) has been created for family members who want to help their loved ones recover from eating disorders.
Although millions of Americans struggle with bulimia and anorexia, an eating disorder is not always recognized as a serious disease. In order to raise awarness about the severity of eating disorders, the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) works to advance the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority.
For more information visit the resources directly by clicking on the following links:
National Eating Disorders Association
Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC)