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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015: 4 eating disorder myths explained (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post"National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015: 4 eating disorder myths explained": We are nearing the end of #NEDAwareness Week 2015. These seven days are very close to my heart—throughout over three decades as a clinician in this field, I have seen the devastation that eating disorders can cause to wonderful people and caring families. Our society has come a long way with eating disorder awareness in the past decade—more people know that these mental illnesses exist, more people know how serious they are and more people know that they are not simply a lifestyle choice or a “diet gone wrong.” However, we still have a ways to go until everyone touched by an eating disorder has the best chance at lasting recovery. To this end, humor me for a moment and close your eyes. In your mind, picture someone with an eating disorder. Now tell me—is the person you see very thin? Is the person you see a woman? Is the person you see in their teens or early 20s? Is the person you see white? If you’re like most people, you answered yes to all four of these questions. These are four shockingly common eating disorder myths, and in honor of NEDAW, I want to explain why these basic assumptions are wrong and challenge the accurate identification, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders... Visit her blog to read the article in its entirety.

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