but sometimes that needs to happen.
On June 23, 2013 a young woman I went to high school with passed away. Now, I had maybe seen her only a handful of times in the last few years but this was still heartbreaking news. Dead at 25, "natural causes". Things you should just never have to read...ever. Whether you knew the person, were close to the person or had just heard of them...this is sad.
What wasn't released until a few days ago, was that the "natural causes" were due to health complications from battling anorexia for years. Suddenly all those photos of her on Facebook made it seem more real, photos from the last few years of her young life, she was struggling more than anyone knew. Her family is now searching for answers, and help. They have created a site & are going through the motions of getting recognized by state and federal authorities. Their goal is to be able to accept donations for research and support for those with eating disorders (and their families). The site is here, and you can sign up for email notifications on site updates, and dates when donations will start being accepted.
I'm not judging, I'm not getting on a soapbox, and I am not telling you I know a ton about this subject: because frankly I feel like I know nothing about it. I've never dealt with a disorder like this, but I know many people close to me who have. I have seen the toll it takes on the person, as well as the people around them. It's scary, sad, and overwhelming to even think about for anyone.
A few statistics from here.
-Only 1 in 10 with an eating disorder receive treatment (and only 35% of that 10% receive specific treatment for their disorder)
-Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
-20% of those with Anorexia will die prematurely
-Anorexia is the 3rd most common Chronic Illness among adolescents
-Higher rates of Elite Athletes (20%) having eating disorders compared to the female control group (9%)
A few of my thoughts
-Celebrities have these disorders and they are "idolized" for their "self-control" and "healthy figures", this needs to stop. Skin and bones is not healthy, or sexy, or anything that anyone should aspire to.
-Women have been a huge cause of eating disorders in other women. We are ALL (myself included) guilty of judging others, and putting each other down. Instead of bashing each other, talking negatively, being vindictive, we should be supporting one another. We have all felt down, we have all struggled at some point and when others are being negative towards you it only makes things worse.
-Eating disorders are about control, we need to stop letting people take our power away from us. Food should not be the only thing we have control over in our lives. Don't let people control you, don't let others dictate your life, stop letting people make decisions for you, stop letting others influence your every thought. Stand up and fight- it's your life and you are the one who has to live it. Run your own life.
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