This week was Eating Disorders Awareness Week, so we gave you facts about the mental illness each day and advice on how to build a healthy relationship with food.
Eating disorders are mental illnesses that cause unhealthy relationships with food, and approximately 24 million people in the U.S. struggle with one. Find help.
50% of people with eating disorders also suffer from depression, and only 10% of people with them get treatment. Find help.
91% of women said they controlled their weight through dieting, and 22% said they dieted “often” or “always.” Find help.
Men make up 10-15% of those with anorexia and bulimia, but are the least likely to get help. Find help.
69% of girls ages 10-18 say that models and celebrities in magazines inspired their ideal body shape, and more than 50% of teen girls will smoke, skip meals, fast, or vomit to control their weight. Find help.
An estimated 25% of college-age girls binge and purge to manage their weight, and 58% say they felt social pressure to maintain a certain size. Find help.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. For women ages 15-24, the mortality rate of anorexia is 12 times higher than any other cause of death. Find help.
First up for building a healthy relationship with food was some advice from Lori Lieberman, a dietitian who works with people suffering from eating disorders. She recommends planning in advance. Even if you don’t prepare food ahead, having a mental plan of what you’re going to eat it can make mealtime easier.
Lieberman also recommends mixing in foods you enjoy but think of as forbidden to avoid overeating and make eating enjoyable. See more of her advice for those rebuilding their relationships with food after eating disorders.
Focus on healthy fats, like avocado, salmon, and olive oil, which fill you up and are good for you.
Make sure you and your family eat breakfast! It’s good for you, and improves focus during the morning at school and work. See more tips for helping your kids build a healthy relationship with food.
Drink plenty of water instead of soda, even diet. You could eat a filling snack instead for the number of calories in a can of pop!
Take time to chew your food. Studies show that eating slowly actually makes you feel full sooner. Get more tips.
Remember that no food is actually bad. Building a healthy relationship with food, one that lets you have anything in moderation, lets you make healthy choices in any situation. Learn more.