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"I Had No Idea" campaign raises awareness about National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Feb. 22-28 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

NEDAwareness 2015 Shareable IllusionsApproximately 30 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). In an effort to bring awareness to the seriousness of eating disorders and to improve the public’s understanding of the causes, triggers and treatments, NEDA recognizes National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which is observed this year Feb. 22-28.

“I had no idea,” is this year’s theme, which focuses on the importance of early intervention and recognizing the diverse experiences of people personally affected by disordered eating. Too often, signs and symptoms are overlooked as insignificant behaviors when in fact many of these are early warning signs of eating disorders, including depression.

“Eating disorders is one of the most fatal mental illnesses there is, because those who binge and purge suffer from electrolytes abnormalities that can lead to heart damage and Cardiac arrhythmia, which can be fatal,” explained Monarch’s Medical Director Dr. Robert McHale, M.D., M.S, a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in evidence-based mental health care practices for both adults and adolescents.

"But people who seek help and the proper treatment can recover. It’s one of the conditions that really needs to be coordinated between a psychiatrist, pediatrician and/or a family physician. Communications between those professionals is vital and early intervention is the key.”

Educating yourself and those around you about eating disorders is a great way to get involved this month. Visit NEDAwareness.org to review information about how eating disorders develop and why they are so complex, as well as find out how you can be proactive in recognizing contributing factors and being a part of the fight against these life threatening illnesses.

NEDA has information and resources available at www.NationalEatingDisorders.org and NEDA Helpline: (800) 931-2237.

NAMI has also provided a fact sheet for more information: http://nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&Template=ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=65851

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