Eating disorders have been identified as one of the most prevalent mental health illnesses affecting young women. Even though young women are 10x more like to have an eating disorder; the statistics show that all genders and cultures suffer from this illness. There is much difficulty identifying this disorder because many children and adolescents do not meet all diagnostic criteria. Instead, their eating illustrates poor eating patterns. Identifying these issues early on can help address the root of the issue, and intervene before lifelong suffering. Below is a 10 minute video provided by Crash Course Psychology to give some information about eating disorders.
In light of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I figured I would link a self-assessment tool. This is a short screening tool provided by National Eating Disorders Association, appropriate for ages 13 and up.
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National Eating Disorders Association
Confidential Helpline, Available Monday-Friday
Text "NEDA" to 741741