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Eating Disorders

 

In the United States, over 10 million men, women, boys, and girls have Eating Disorders.  Each year up to one million of those with Eating Disorders will die. Though traditionally thought of as a disorder of white adolescent girls, Eating Disorders are in no way confined to this segment of society, crossing all gender, racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious lines. Eating Disorders are now being diagnosed in children as young as six.

An Eating Disorder is a compulsion to eat, or avoid eating, that negatively affects one’s physical and mental health. It is common for children – particularly adolescents – to be concerned about how they look and to feel self-conscious about their weight.  In children and youth with Eating Disorders, however, these concerns involve self-critical, negative thoughts and feelings and related behaviors that are significant enough to disrupt normal body function and daily activities.

An Eating Disorder is a medical condition that requires professional medical attention and treatment.  While Eating Disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses, there is help available and recovery is possible with appropriate treatment.

Eating Disorders Booklet  or Eating Disorder Quick Fact Sheet (for easier printing) – opens in PDF

Eating Disorders School and Classroom Strategies - opens in PDF

Eating Disorders Home Strategies - opens in PDF

Electronic templates for these booklets and strategy sheets are available to organizations, schools, and communities  for a nominal fee so they may be adapted to reflect your community’s own local resources.  Use the contact us button at the top of the page for more information or call the Students FIRST Project at 802-488-6706.