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9 Truths About Eating Disorders

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There’s a lot of misconceptions surrounding eating disorders, which is why it’s so important to stay informed on what causes them to be so dangerous. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.
  2. Families are not to blame, and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.
  3. An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.
  4. Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.
  5. Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations and socioeconomic statuses.
  6. Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.
  7. Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.
  8. Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.
  9. Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.
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