7 Myths About Eating Disorders Revealed

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Any chance I get to raise awareness about serious issues I take.  Eating disorders are serious, very serious.  As someone who works in a world of putting yourself out there and having confidence in who you are I can easily see how an eating disorder could become an issue for so many.

I was beyond fortunate to team up with the Missouri Eating Disorder Council on my recent trip to St. Louis.  I participated in their dinner by debunking the myths about eating disorders.

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Here are 7 myths about eating disorders that might surprise you.

  • MYTH: You don’t know someone with an eating disorder.
  • TRUTH: There are over 30 million suffer of eating disorders int he U.S. and over half a million in Missouri.
  • MYTH: Men don’t getting eating disorders.
  • TRUTH: At least 10 million males suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S. alone. The number is rising.
  • MYTH: It’s nothing more than a phase.
  • TRUTH: Eating disorders aren’t something you’ll grown out of on your own.
  • MYTH: Your bingeing and purging can not hurt you.
  • TRUTH: Frequent binge-and-purge cycles can cause serious health complications such as heart failure and death.
  • MYTH: Your eating disorder is not that serious.
  • TRUTH: Eating disorders are the most fatal of all mental illnesses.
  • MYTH: Your eating disorder can not kill you.
  • TRUTH: Eating disorders are the most fatal of all mental illnesses.
  • MYTH: Eating disorders are not treatable.
  • TRUTH: Despite availability, only 1 in 10 people will receive treatment for eating disorders.

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After I finished debunking the mythes we had dinner.  After dinner we heard from someone who has had an eating disorder and shared her story about surviving and recovery.

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I loved hearing from Jen and seeing how far she has come.  She is just one of the many examples who have over come this deadly disease to make an amazing life for herself.

Here at SarahScoop.com I strive to make sure my articles give women positive feeling about themselves and a feeling of empowerment.  Anything is truly possible and there are so many programs and people out there who are willing to listen and help.  If you suffer from an eating disorder or know someone who does visit MOEDC.org.

Disclosure: I was compensated for my participation, but I am truly passionate about helping and supporting this cause.  All opinions are my own.

**(All images courtesy of Ashley Kuenstler Photography).

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