Dispelling the Myths for Eating Disorder Awareness Week


February – 2nd March 2014 marks this year’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week. DAMSA pledges to end stigma and prejudice around mental illness – something that is particular pertinent with eating disorders. I am a DAMSA committee member with experience of an eating disorder, and I have decided to address some common misconceptions. Remember to take care if you might find this topic triggering.

“You don’t look like you have an eating disorder!”

Disproportionate attention is given to those who appear emaciated, often as a result of Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa.  The majority of people with eating disorders fit less neatly into a box, and may be diagnosed with EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). You cannot tell if somebody has an eating disorder by their weight, nor can you tell the severity of their condition. Weight loss and gain are consequences of eating disorders – they are not…

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