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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2021


February 24 2021

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Monday, February 22 through Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week was developed to raise awareness, reduce the stigma and provide better access to support for those suffering from an eating disorder. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week was created to educate the public on the prevalence of eating disorders, spread a message of recovery and offer lifesaving resources to those in need.

This year, The Alliance For Eating Disorders Awareness is promoting “NOT ONE MORE.” The Alliance is working to ensure that NOT ONEMORE life is lost, For more information on NOT ONE MORE Weekend, please visit https://notonemore.co/. NEDA (National Eating Disorders Awareness) is also inviting Every Body to Have a Seat at the Table. In a field where marginalized communities continue to be under represented, they are welcoming conversations on challenging systemic biases and sharing stories from all backgrounds and experiences.

Additionally, Instagram, TikTok and Pinterest all announced initiatives in support of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Social media is often seen as promoting certain body types which can lead to unhealthy behaviors, especially in teenagers as they seek to attain the bodies they often see as ideal on these platforms. For more information, you can visit this link.

February is Heart Health Awareness Month


February 23 2021

Eating disorders can be especially damaging to the cardiovascular system as the body slows down to conserve energy when deprived of nutrients. When the heart doesn’t get the fuel it needs, the muscle shrinks and weakens. Over time, the changes in heart function and structure can lead to another potentially life-threatening consequence – heart failure. This can lead to fainting, dizziness and extreme fatigue.

Effects of anorexia on the heart may include: Bradycardia - Abnormally slow heart rate when weak heart muscles cannot pump at a healthy rate. Hypotension - Low blood pressure as a result of a slow heart rate. Symptoms may include fainting and extreme fatigue. Loss of reflex to constrict blood vessels to raise blood pressure. Arrhythmias, which may lead to cardiac arrest.

Effects of bulimia on the heart may include: Electrolyte imbalances which can lead to irregular heartbeats. This can be life threatening unless fluids and minerals are replaced appropriately. This should be done under the close watch of experienced healthcare providers who will monitor vital signs and electrolyte levels.

Long-term effects of eating disorders on the heart: Over time, the changes in heart function and structure can lead to heart failure, which is potentially life-threatening. A study in adolescent girls treated for anorexia found that while 35% had bradycardia and 60%had abnormal heart rhythms, those who received treatment were able to successfully reverse many of the cardiovascular abnormalities. 

Now is the time to ask for help—If you or someone you care about has been putting off getting help for an eating disorder or are experiencing increased anxiety, now is a good time to reach out. Turning Tides Eating Disorder Treatment Center provides a staff that includes a Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, mental health counselors and dietitians providing services through traditional in-person treatment along with telemedicine sessions.

To learn more about the programs being offered, please visit, www.turningtidesed.com.

Eating Disorders: 5 Common Myths


February 3 2021

You may have noticed a friend or family member who has dropped a considerable amount of weight or is obsessive about the types of food they are eating. They may seem reclusive and to be continuously pushing food away, bingeing or exercising excessively. These are all common symptoms of eating disorders, however sometimes the warning signs are subtle and easily missed due to a few common misconceptions. 

Myth #1: Only women and girls can get an eating disorder. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 10million men and boys in the United States will develop an eating disorder. Eating disorders affect a diverse array of people of various ethnicities, ages, genders, body weight and socioeconomic groups. 

Myth #2: You can always tell someone is suffering with an eating disorder by the way they look. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person unreasonably limits food intake to prevent weight gain. Individuals who suffer from this disorder usually appear extremely thin. However, another common eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, uses bingeing and purging to control weight. These individuals may appear to be physically healthy, despite the internal damage being done to their bodies. 

Myth #3: External influences, such as peer pressure or social media are the main cause of eating disorders. While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of an eating disorder, research conducted by NIH suggests that a combination of genetic, psychological, behavioral, biological and social factors can heighten the risk. 

Myth #4: Eating disorders are a choice. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, eating disorders are not lifestyle choices. People don’t choose to have an eating disorder like they might choose to be a vegetarian or vegan. Eating disorders are a biologically influenced medical illness. 

Myth #5: Eating disorders are not really that serious. Some research has shown a direct correlation between eating disorders and suicide attempts. Eating disorders can also cause an imbalance in electrolytes that can result in a stroke or heart attack, intestinal distress, brain damage and multi-organ failure. In fact, anorexia nervosa is currently recognized as being the most fatal psychological disorder. Unfortunately, ifleft untreated, the mortality rate is close to 20 percent.

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