Eating disorders are serious conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact ones health, emotions and ability to function in important areas of life. They have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Eating disorders are not a choice; they are caused by a combination of biological, genetic environmental and psychological factors and may co-occur with other conditions including depression, anxiety, or substance use disorder.
The theme of this year’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 26 - March 4, 2018) is “Let’s Get Real” and the goal is to expand the conversation and highlight the issues that surround the estimated 30 million Americans that struggle with eating disorders.
Take or share the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board’s online mental health screening tool that has a specific screening for concerns over eating habits. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. The screenings are free, confidential, and anonymous. Get involved and learn more before reaching a point of crisis.
Get screened, seek help, and start the journey to healing.
Learn more about eating disorders and how they are treated. More information regarding signs, symptoms and how to help a loved one is also available at nationaleatingdisorders.org.
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