Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders: What’s the Harm, Right?

Eating Disorders: What’s the Harm, Right?

Eating Disorders: What They Are and How to Get Help

There are about 75 million people throughout the world that have an eating disorder, such as anorexia and bulimia. The majority of people who suffer from eating disorders are women; 10-15% of people who suffer from eating disorders are men.

Young adults and teens are the ones who commonly suffer from eating disorders. However, people of all ages, even young children can have this disorder. Sadly, many people suffer without anyone knowing because they feel embarrassed and ashamed to seek help; some people are even clueless that help is out there.

People who suffer from eating disorders often have a skewed perception of themselves. The image they see in the mirror looking back at them is usually twisted and not the true image. Instead, they are seeing through the eyes of their disorder. It is vital that these people realize that their perceptions are skewed so they can learn to see themselves in a healthier way.

The Consequences

Did you know eating disorders can possibly be fatal? Nearly 20 percent of individuals who suffer from anorexia slowly die from their eating disorder. Anorexia is actually one of the most fatal mental illnesses out there in America.

Even if one overcomes their eating disorder, it can leave her with life-threatening complications for the rest of her life. Not only will it take a toll on her physically, but also psychologically and socially. A lot of times she will feel depressed, suffer from anxiety, have poor self-esteem, and seclude yourself. These conditions do not just affect the one who suffered from the disorder, but they affect her friends and family too.

If you suffer from an eating disorder, there is great news for you. There is hope for you. You can get help.


Bouncing back after an eating disorder can be a challenge for many. It often takes professional help. You will have to see medical providers, a nutritional counselor, and a psychotherapist, as well as have love and support from the ones closest to you. The process is not easy, but it is completely possible to get through.

It will be a long road to recovery, but it will be worth it in the end. You will be able to finally free yourself from the disorder that has taken over your mind, body, and soul. You will soon learn to love who you are again.

Melissa Preston

Melissa is a mental health therapist as well as a nutritionist located in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver, Colorado providing counseling and nutrition services to adolescents and adults. T

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