Legacy Observes National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. It’s a time for us to learn, share, and support each other on a topic that touches many lives, maybe even our own or those of people we care about. Eating disorders can lead to serious health outcomes and can affect anyone. The good news is, help and hope are always available.

What Is an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders are real, complex medical and mental health conditions that can have serious consequences for health, relationships, and quality of life. They include conditions like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, orthorexia, and others. These disorders can affect anyone – kids, teens, adults, men, women, and people of all backgrounds and identities.

Why Observe National Eating Disorders Awareness Week?

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a time set aside every year to spotlight eating disorders, share resources, and support people in finding the help they need. It’s about breaking down the stigma that often comes with these conditions and making sure everyone knows that it’s okay to ask for help – and how to do so when they’re ready.

Eating Disorders in the LGBTQIA+ Community

It’s really important to know that eating disorders don’t discriminate – they can affect anyone. However, folks in the LGBTQIA+ community might face unique challenges that can increase their risk. For example, dealing with societal pressure or not feeling accepted for who they are can contribute to the development of an eating disorder. That’s why it’s crucial to offer inclusive support and resources that understand the specific needs of the LGBTQIA+ community.

How You Can Get Involved

Reducing stigma is one of the best ways to get involved – and it’s super easy to do! It’s as easy as learning and talking about eating disorders. The more we bring it into the conversation and shine a light on shame, the more we chip away at stigma. Here are a few ways we can do that:

Educate Yourself and Others: Knowledge is power. The more we know, the better we can support each other. Check out resources from reliable sources like the National Eating Disorders Association and Women’s Health to get started.

Listen and Offer Support: If someone you know is struggling, just being there to listen can make a huge difference. Remember, it’s not up to you to come up with solutions, but rather to show that you care and support them in finding professional help if they need it.

Share on Social Media: Use your voice on social media to raise awareness. Sharing articles, resources, and personal stories can help others feel less alone and more encouraged to seek help.

And if the person struggling is you, remember that you’re not alone, and recovery is possible. The nutrition team at Legacy Community Health and beyond are ready to support you every step of the way. Whether you’re looking for resources, need someone to talk to, or just want to learn more, we’re here.

Let’s take this week to educate ourselves and spread awareness about eating disorders, because every step towards understanding is a step towards healing. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please visit our website or call at (832) 548-5000.