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This week marks the 27th annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which runs from Feb 23- March 1. This year’s theme is “I Had No Idea”.

Contrary to popular beliefs, Caucasian women aren’t the only ones who suffer from eating disorders.  Data has shown that the number of African-American women being treated in disorder clinics are on the rise.  Daily binge eating and laxative use are have been the main activities in their lives. Also, studies have pointed out that African-American women are more likely to participate in diuretic use to avoid weight gain.

“I Had No Idea” is being used to shatter the misconceptions behind eating disorders.

Another misconception that people rarely mention are the people who ‘survive’ their eating disorders.   Although more than 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, there are those who’ve beat their disorder.  Whether through therapy or a stay at an eating disorder clinic, there are success stories.

Overcoming an eating disorder isn’t an easy task, but it’s possible.

If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorder Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.

For more information about NEDAwareness Week or how you can get involved: www.NEDAwareness.org

 

Clutchettes, have you ever struggled with an eating disorder? How did you overcome it?

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  • WLS

    I wrote a short screenplay about my battle with binge/emotional eating. Getting it out on paper really helped. I also volunteer with young adults, girls and boys, who suffer from this disorder.

  • My eating has always been very complicated. I am now of the “eat by the clock” camp and it’s helping. Recovery is imminent!

  • velociraptor

    I’d like to think I’m still recovering because I can go 6-9 months without acting on my impulses and then a stressful situation will trigger it. However, lots of therapy, being transparent with my loved ones, letting people “in”, and sharing my story by volunteering at local NEDA events.