Eating disorders are on the rise all over the world especially among adolescents. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, up to 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder in the USA and worldwide that figure reaches about 70 million sufferers!
As an eating disorder specialist, it pains me to see eating disorders affecting girls as young as the age of nine. The sad news is most often what prompts an eating disorder to start is a DIET, a few unintentional comments from a loved one about the need to lose weight, or unhealthy comparisons of their body shape to friends and influencers on social media. Though this is the trigger at the surface, eating disorders are rarely about food or wanting to be thin instead it is a way to cope with unpleasant and overwhelming emotions and stressful situations.