25th Annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb 26th- March 3, 2012

Certified Eating Disorder Specialists Available for Interview in Conjunction with 25th Annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb 26th– March 3, 2012

According to statistics, more young women in the US die from anorexia nervosia than from any other cause.  That’s why it’s so critical that we raise awareness of eating disorders in the United States.  

February 26th– March 3, 2012, marks the 25th annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week) in an effort to bring public attention to the critical need to raise awareness and funding to battle eating disorders in the U.S.    

Who:             Certified Eating Disorder Specialists from Doorways, LLC, the only organization in Phoenix that specializes in the outpatient treatment of teens and young adults with mental health issues.

What:           National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 26- March 3rd, 2012

Story Ideas:

  •  How do you know if someone has an eating disorder?
  • What do you do if you suspect someone has an eating disorder
  • How can you get help for someone has an eating disorders

Talking Points & U.S. Statistics on Eating Disorders:  (Source: National Eating Disorders Association)

  •   For females between 15- and 24-years-old-old who suffer from anorexia nervosa, the mortality rate associated with the illness is 12 times higher than the death rate of all other causes of death
  •  We live in a culture saturated with unrealistic body-image messages and almost all of us know somebody struggling with an eating disorder.
  •  Eating disorders are serious illnesses, not lifestyle choices
  •  As many as 10 million females and 1 million males in the U.S. battle anorexia or bulimia. And as many as 13 million more struggle with binge eating disorder. Millions practice disordered eating due to an obsession with dieting
  • Four out of 10 Americans either suffered or have known someone who has suffered from an eating disorder
  • 40% of newly identified cases of anorexia are in girls 15-19 years old
  • There was a significant increase in incidence of anorexia from 1935 to 1989, especially among young women 15-24
  • There has been a rise in incidence of anorexia in young women 15-19 in each decade since 1930
  • Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting and taking laxatives
  • Girls who diet frequently are 12 times as likely to binge as girls who don’t diet
  • 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner
  • 81% of 10 –year-olds are afraid of being fat
  • The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds
  • Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women
  • 46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets and 82% of their families are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets.

About Doorways LLC.

Doorways LLC. is a faith-based counseling organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that provides comprehensive outpatient treatment focused exclusively on adolescents, young adults and their families. Therapists at Doorways specialize in treatment for eating disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, depression, ADD/ADHD, self-harm, suicide and more.  For more information, visit http://www.doorwaysarizona.com, or call 602-997-2880.

 

 

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