Contrary to what many people believe, eating disorders afflict women of all ages, not just teenagers and young adults. This is particularly concerning because while the symptoms of eating disorders in older women are not very different from eating disorders found in younger women, the causes and triggers can be dramatically different.
Today, May 6, is one of The Meadows Ranch’ favorite days – it’s “International No Diet Day.” It is a day to celebrate because it is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and body acceptance. This day also raises awareness of the potential dangers of eating disorders and diets.
Many eating disorders begin with individuals who are overweight, or perceive themselves to be overweight, and are striving to get healthy by dieting. While there are diets prescribed for medical reasons, such as those for diabetics, most people relate the term ‘diet’ to a short-term, highly restrictive program designed for maximum weight loss in the shortest timeframe.
Most people are familiar with Anorexia and Bulimia; however, there are a few others forms of eating disorders as well. Eating disorders are conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health.
There are many causes of eating disorders, including biological, psychological and/or environmental abnormalities. Many people with eating disorders suffer also from body dysmorphic disorder, altering the way a person sees himself or herself. There are also many other possibilities such as environmental, social and interpersonal issues that could promote and sustain these illnesses.
The Meadows Ranch was delighted to sponsor the Dessert Reception at the recent NEDA 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner. Patty Evans, Chief Marketing Officer and Chris Diamond, Executive Director for The Meadows Ranch attended this elegant benefit dinner in New York City. “The spirit of Healing, Hope and Heroes was so evident at this event we are thrilled to have sponsored the reception with entertainment by Mary Lambert and spend time with the amazing leaders of NEDA” said Patty Evans.
Statistically, only one in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment. Chances are, someone you know and care about is struggling from anorexia, bulimia, or another form of an eating disorder, and naturally, you want to be helpful and supportive. You may have encouraged them to eat more and worry less about the way their body looks—anything you can think of to help them improve their situation.
Unfortunately, trying to help someone with an eating disorder can be exceptionally trying and difficult; often leaving you feeling discouraged and helpless. Approximately 20% of individuals suffering from eating disorders, specifically anorexia, will prematurely die from health-related complications, so the thought of losing them is very real.