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Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Feb 24March 1

Feb. 24th through March 1st is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Eating disorders often co-occur with other psychiatric disorders such as depression, substance abuse and anxiety disorders. In addition, people who suffer from eating disorders can experience a wide range of physical health problems, including serious heart conditions and kidney failure, which may lead to death. Because eating disorders can be both physically and emotionally destructive, professional help is always recommended. One in 10 cases of anorexia nervosa leads to death from starvation, cardiac arrest or suicide. If not identified or treated in their early stages, eating disorders can become chronic, debilitating and even life-threatening.

Feb. 24th through March 1st is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Eating disorders often co-occur with other psychiatric disorders such as depression, substance abuse and anxiety disorders. In addition, people who suffer from eating disorders can experience a wide range of physical health problems, including serious heart conditions and kidney failure, which may lead to death. Because eating disorders can be both physically and emotionally destructive, professional help is always recommended. One in 10 cases of anorexia nervosa leads to death from starvation, cardiac arrest or suicide. If not identified or treated in their early stages, eating disorders can become chronic, debilitating and even life-threatening.

Recognizing eating disorders as real and treatable diseases, therefore, is critically important. Prevention means promoting the early detection and prompt treatment of eating disorders, thereby increasing the chances for a quick and complete recovery. For a screening tool and to learn more, visit the Eating Disorders Institute website.