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National Eating Disorders Week is February 22-28

Eating disorders

According to NEDA, 4 in 10 Americans have had or know someone who has had an eating disorder.

Over these seven days, those touched and affected by an eating disorder will take part in events that foster awareness for eating disorders. Sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the organization is bringing people together to share their stories, information, ideas and hope in order to rally support for those impacted by an eating disorder.

Our body-obsessed culture is taking its toll on our health. From obesity to anorexia, while eating disorders are psychologically-based, there a host of environmental factors that enable a seemingly benign thought about body image to cascade into a full-blown disorder.

We here at Diets in Review are committed to doing our part to support healthy lifestyles by giving you objective and accurate health information. In honor of National Eating Disorder Week, we want to take a look at the face of eating disorders today and what we can do to prevent them.

Identifying the Disorder

Eating disorder experts recognize three distinct kinds of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, binge-eating disorder (BED) and bulimia nervosa. Of the three, anorexia and bulimia are considered life threatening because they can lead to very serious complications such as symptom shutdown in the case of anorexia and cardiac arrest in the case of bulimia.

Given these three distinct classifications, there is a significant and growing gray area of disordered patterns of eating that affect millions of Americans, mostly girls and women. From only eating certain “safe” foods to compulsively weighing in on the scale or fasting to keep weight in check, the seemingly clear-cut lines of what is categorized as an eating disorder are not always so clear.

According to NEDA, 40% of new anorexia cases occur in girls 15- to 19-years-old.

According to NEDA, 40% of new anorexia cases occur in girls 15- to 19-years-old.

Understanding the Causes

Like a substance addiction such as alcohol or drugs, teasing out the precise causes for why one person develops an eating disorder and another does not is far from a linear process. According to the NEDA, there are three primary causes of eating disorders: Psychological factors such as low self-esteem, anxiety or feelings of inadequacy, Interpersonal factors such as a troubled family life or a history of sexual or physical abuse, and social factors like the glorification of thinness or the one-size-fits-all concept of beauty that our culture espouses.

Even though females make up the majority of eating disorder cases, males can also fall victim to the grips of these diseases. Researchers are also investigating how our genes and our biochemistry predispose us to having an eating disorder.

Eating disorders are intricately complex diseases that are caused from numerous factors. But once they manifest, the spiral along a path of physical, emotional and mental destruction that affects not just the individual sufferer, but those close to them as well. If you or someone you know is affected by an eating disorder, it is important to seek the help and support of a professional or support group.

Learning More

To learn more about how you can take part in National Eating Eating Disorders Week or to gather more information on eating disorders, visit the NEDA website.

Here is an eye-opening NEDA video, which features the real faces and stories of women and men suffering from eating disorders.

February 23rd, 2009

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Rebecca Angel Parker

NEDA Week: "It's Time To Talk About It..." Rebecca Angel Parker finally finds Her Voice In Angel Just-Rights (publication date: 13/02/2011); YOU CAN FIND YOURS EARLIER...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 21st February 2011

ANGEL JUST-RIGHTS, Rebecca Parker (Publication date: 13 Feb 11; Biography & Autobiography, Psychology, Social Sciences, Anorexia, Mental Health).

Talented new author exposes exhilarating epic of endurance: beautifully candid, bravely sincere, witty, compelling, and astute. Launched in conjunction with NEDAwareness Week (20th ?? 26th February 2011) and adeptly reflecting this years?? theme ?? ??It??s Time to Talk about It? ?? the World excitedly receives exclusive, highly original work of fiction. Based on a true story of one child??s lost voice in Angel Just-Rights lays an astonishing story of strength: ??easy-to-read (far from superficial), a thought-provoking motivator, and an insightful presage for all...?

Evolution of the book ?? realisation into the debilitating extent at which broken down channels of communication, life experiences, and ingrained individualistic personality traits, have been allowed in full strength and power to render one so weak ?? are explained by Parker in her beginning Preface. Book 1 delves into issues relating to everyday living such as dealing with strict family values, loyalty and devotion while intermittently riddling with her reader in efforts to gain the yearned-for rationality and reassurance so desperately sought. At the height of deathly battles, harrowing happenings of Book 2 raise one simple question: how can implicitly pure intentions precipitate such devastating results? A plethora of mortifyingly unhealthy, demoralising and ritualistic behaviours manifesting deeply in a single fragile life so touched by the world around her are showered, shatteringly, over the reader.

Gradually learning how coping in silence can cruelly fester, devastating consequences are hastened: eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia), post-traumatic stresses and flash-backs, self-harm, psychosis, suicidal desires, over-exercise, increasing obsessions, extreme rituals, distorted beliefs leading to incredibly debilitating afflictions to low self-esteem, mood swings, depression, hospitalisations, sectioning under Mental Health Act and excruciatingly honest accounts of associated inequitable treatments enforced. Startling, captivating, and bitterly heart-rending to the general reader, a silent sufferer??s solace, enlightening to friends, families and health professionals alike, in equilibrium with the theme of this book, Parker??s voice adeptly portrays ironic angst exceptionally, right to the very end.

About the Author
Reading and writing have always excited Parker, previous works winning recognition and Prizes for both short stories and poetry. Sharing this unique collection of books, originally cathartic in aim, enables her to offer even a strand of hope unto any individual similarly searching for their own ??only voice that is allowed? and to offer even a slice of solace to those continuing to hurt silently and alone. The disclosure of her story also aims to offer those enduring the last few years of this particular stretch of ??illness? by her side, excessively long-awaited answers and an opportunity to finally embark upon healing.

Angel Just-Rights is published by Chipmunkapublishing and is now available to order online and from all good bookshops (Waterstones, Foyles, Blackwells, WHSmith, Tesco etc). For more information on Angel Just-Rights or to contact the author directly, visit wix website at RebeccaAngelParker/RebeccaAngelParker or see above.

If you are suffering alone, feeling confused or misunderstood, or concerned for a close friend or family member you care about, find this book, read it & gain strength.



posted Feb 20th, 2011 4:42 am


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2 Responses to “National Eating Disorders Week is February 22-28”

me only
Feb 24th, 2009
8:43 pm

you need to know that it is never a choice


please help others like me

me only
Feb 24th, 2009
8:45 pm

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