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Identifying the Myths about Eating Disorders

24 August 2016
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Despite the visibility of the struggles of eating disorders becoming more prevalent in main-stream media, the myths and misconceptions about eating disorders still do exist.

Children and teens who suffer eating disorders without proper education will believe these myths, simply because of lack of proper information. This may compromise a potential recovery and put their health at major risk. So learn how to tell fact from fiction. Below we have listed some of the myths that you should be aware of:

It’s easy to tell if someone has an eating disorder

Nothing could be further from the truth. There are particular assumptions that are made when people think of eating disorders. Generalizations that those who suffer from an eating disorder are of a particular weight or size. It might surprise you to know that eating disorders manifest themselves in body types of all kinds, and is not relegated to just one size or body type.

Eating Disorders only Occur in Women

This is also a common myth about eating disorders. In fact, one out of every ten people who suffer from an eating disorder tends to be male. What is true though, is that most of those who suffer from an eating disorder tend to be female, says HealthyChildren.Org.

Societal pressure seems to be the driving factor behind that. Growing up with unrealistic expectations of beauty, mainly in part due to the media bombardment, advertising and companies ideas about what defines beauty.

You have to be underweight to have an eating disorder

This can be a myth, but it can also be a reality. This is why this particular myth is in the gray area of whether or not it is reality. The truth is that eating disorders affect people of all body sizes and shapes. To be characterized as potentially having an eating disorder because of your physical appearance is a stigma in and of itself. All types of bodies are affected.

Eating disorders aren’t dangerous

But a lot of these eating disorders could lead to life-threatening consequences for adolescents like heart disease and kidney failure as well as bone loss and infertility. It could also lead to stunted growth for a lot of teens.

So if you want to help keep your children safe from eating disorders, stop spreading these myths around. Get professional help. Provide your teen with the support and help he needs to recover. If you’re looking for eating disorder treatments in Los Angeles, get in touch with us here.

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