This week (February 26 – March 4, 2017) is National Eating Disorder Awareness week. The NEDA organization is taking steps to spread awareness & is encouraging people to take 3 minutes out of their day to take a simple, confidential screening quiz.
I want to make the point that eating disorders & disordered eating in general can be much broader than how we typically think of it. When we hear eating disorder, we think anorexia or bulimia; however, binge eating can be a very serious issue as well.
We tend to approach weight & eating issues with diets, exercise, & extreme lifestyle changes; however, working with a professional on the mental health aspect of eating disorders is far more healthy, productive, & long-lasting.
Concerning eating behaviors are very prevalent in our culture whether it is fast food or fad diets, Netflix binges or marathon races, giant portions or calorie counting. If we are honest with ourselves, it becomes apparent that we do not have a healthy mindset when it comes to food & body image; and I know this from personal experience.
The good news is that it is possible to make lasting changes with the help of professionals. No, not personal trainers. No, not self-help gurus. I am talking about licensed counselors who understand the importance of diving deeper & helping you live a better life.
#NEDAwareness Week is all about taking those steps & acknowledging that this is a significant issue impacting many of us. You can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #NEDAwareness
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