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Recognizing National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

More than 30 million people in the US suffer from an eating disorder, and despite many stereotypes, eating disorders do not discriminate. People of all ages, sexualities, and ethnic backgrounds are vulnerable. However, women are much more likely than men to suffer from anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders.

This includes girls as young as six years old. In fact, 42% of girls from six to nine years old state that they want to be thinner. Meanwhile, 46% of nine to 11 year old girls report that they are "sometimes" or "very often" on diets. These types of thoughts and behaviors can be carried from childhood into adulthood.

Eating disorders are serious. They have the highest mortality rate of any mental health disorder, and commonly co-occur with other illnesses. Oftentimes, a person suffering from an eating disorder also meets the criteria for depression or substance use disorder.

Sunspire Health Hyde Park

At Sunspire Health Hyde Park, we know that it's important to develop a support system, including family and loved ones, when treating eating disorders, co-occurring mental health disorders, and trauma. And, when clients are ready to enter the next phase of their life, we offer continued guidance and care to ensure long-term success.

The Sunspire Health Hyde Park staff and clients also participate in community activities to raise awareness for eating disorders. Most recently, our team participated in The National Eating Disorders Association Walk (NEDA) in Orlando, FL.

Sources: National Eating Disorders Association, National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders