It's no surprise to most people in reovery – and particularly women – that the line between drug and alcohol addiction and eating disorders is thin.
Furthermore, once sober, even if a person has not previously suffered from an eating disorder, the likelihood rises dramatically: Just check out cross-addiction statistics if you need proof.
Contrary to a widely held belief, eating disorders are not about vanity or choice: They're serious mental disorders. They're also addictions; addictions with deadly consequences.
Eating Disorders Awareness week is Feb. 24 through March 2. This year's theme is “Everybody Knows Somebody”: As in, you'd be hard-pressed to find a person in America and beyond who doesn't know someone struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or an eating disorder not otherwise specified.
Last year, Awareness Week registrants spanned all 50 states and 30 other countries, according to the National Eating Disorders Association, which sponsors the event.
“We hope to have another record-breaking year in 2013, and have everyone commit to doing just one thing!” the organizers say on their website, https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/.
The aim of NEDAwareness Week is to help prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding them and improving access to treatment.
“Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses, not a choice. And it's important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.”
Want to get involved? Check out the website for details on how you can do “just one thing” to help.