Facts About Eating Disorders and My New Young Adults Fiction Called The Deceptions of Lovely the Echo
•Anorexia 3rd most common chronic illness amount adolescent. Now seen in elderly.
•Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can be life-threatening.
• Highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
•Only 1 to 10 people with eating disorders receive treatment.
• Health insurance companies do not typically cover the cost of treating eating disorders.
•10 million women and one million men have eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia
•Eating disorders are the DEADLIEST Mental Illnesses
•Top three chronic illnesses in Adolescent Girls: 1 Asthma 2 Obesity 3 Anorexia
•One-Half of fourth grade girls are on a diet
•Its not just the young but older seniors having eating disorders. Research has shown a numerous up swing of food disorders in the elderly.
•In a study by ANAD, 86% of participants reported the onset of their eating disorder occurred at age of 20 but only 50% reported being cured.
•Connection is not solely a genetic one, as previously thought. Research shows it is the interaction between the genes and the environment.
•It is very important to remember that eating disorders are not just extreme diets. People who have eating disorders often cannot see that what they are doing is atypical, or may feel completely unable to stop.
•In some cases people with anorexia may want to eat regularly but their mental condition makes it impossible for them to physically force themselves to ingest food. Eating disorders must be taken seriously and treated with compassion in order to protect your loved ones.
SOURCE: South Carolina Dept. of Mental Health
When I wrote Deceptions of Lovely the Echo my intention was to show how having food disorder issues effected me. It was all a mind game seeing my body as not measuring up. The little voice inside of my head kept ringing in my ears. "Too fat...too ugly...need to lose weight so others will you..!" It wasn't until I fainted in school because of not eating. It was a wake up call for me. Always been a HSP (highly sensitive person with lots of allergies and sensitivities. I had issues eating for fear of reactions. So, I would prefer not eating. After my fainting spell, I found help. They helped me find myself and learn to accept myself as me. That lead me to write One of a Kind. Even today it's a daily struggle. It's a work in process. I hope you would get the chance to read Deceptions of Lovely the Echo. Food disorders isn't something to play around with. If you or a love one has food issues please seek help and talk to your medical provider they would guide you for assistant you need.
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