Eating Disorders Awareness Week, an annual campaign to educate the public about eating disorders and to engage in efforts to provide hope and support for those affected by eating disorders, is taking place Monday, February 26 – Sunday, March 3, 2024. In order to better recognize, support and effectively treat eating disorders, public awareness is key.

There’s stigma involving eating disorders that make the illness both misunderstood and undertreated. Many people wrongly believe eating disorders are rare or specific to a small part of the population. However:

  • It is estimated that 9% of the U.S. population, or 28.8 million Americans, will have an eating disorder in their lifetime.
  • Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.
  • Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.
  • Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.
  • Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.
Learning as much as we can about eating disorders can help those suffering with this illness. Support and hope are available! For treatment or support options, visit https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/screening-tool/.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week