February 23 marked the beginning of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a campaign launched by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) to educate sufferers and loved ones about the severe health risks linked to bulimia and anorexia. Though public awareness of eating disorders and their consequences is on the rise, there are still too many men and women who are unaware of the danger they're in, or need the urging of a concerned loved one to finally get help at an eating disorder treatment center.
Previously on this blog, we shared the story of a young man who passed away in part because he and his family didn't know how damaging his struggle with bulimia could be. This year, the NEDA has chosen the theme "I Had No Idea" to highlight this issue.
"The National Eating Disorders Association is stressing the need to address eating disorder misconceptions – as many individuals, families, and communities are not aware of the often devastating mental and physical consequences – and highlights available resources for treatment and support," the NEDA website states.
If you or someone you care about may be suffering from an eating disorder, now is the time to act. The eating disorder program at Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida, is helmed by Medical Director Dr. Pauline Powers. Dr. Powers is a nationally recognized leader in eating disorder research and treatment. She is a past president of NEDA and remains active on the board. The association recognized her contributions to this field with a lifetime achievement award in 2005. In addition, Dr. Powers sits on the Scientific Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Screening Program.
Eating disorders are grave and potentially fatal conditions, but you don't have to fight this battle alone. Contact us today to learn more about eating disorders and your treatment options.