Sunday, September 5, 2010

Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Today is the first day of Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week here in Aus. This is something that I feel very strongly about as I have watched friends go through eating disorders and look after young girls with eating disorders at work constantly. Eating Disorders are so complex and horribly tragic and an area in healthcare that is seriously misunderstood by the public.

Currently as a teenager, you have more chance of fully recovering from Acute Leukaemia than you do from Anorexia Nervosa and the prevalence is on the rise. This illness can cause chronic problems such as infertility, osteoporosis, hormone and heart problems, not to mention the incredible mental implications such as anxiety and depression.

Eating disorders are also notoriously difficult to treat and early intervention and lots of education provides the best outcomes.

To support people suffering from eating disorders in Australia you can donate through The Butterfly Foundation or buy any butterfly merchandise from Sportsgirl stores.