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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
Eating disorders are serious yet treatable conditions that affect people of every age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic group.
Two of the most commonly recognized by people are:
Anorexia Nervosa – An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat
Bulimia Nervosa – An emotional disorder characterized by a cycle of binging and self-induced vomiting
A few statistics
- At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the US
- Every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder
- Eating disorders affect all races and ethnic groups
- .9% of American women suffer from Anorexia Nervosa in their lifetime
- 1.5% of American women suffer from bulimia nervosa in their lifetime
- 2.8% of American adults suffer from binge eating disorder in their lifetime
Statistics from National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders website
Crazy. Psycho. Mental. Nuts. These are just a few of the words used when talking about someone suffering from a mental illness. Lunatic. Madman. Retard. Spastic. These are just a few of the words that hurt.
The Stop the Stigma campaign encourages everyone to stop the use of such words and to end the negative thoughts associated with mental illness. We are encouraging everyone to read and sign the pledge below. Not only sign it but to live by these statements every day.
Let’s Stop the Stigma
I PLEDGE TO…
- Provide a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves
- Have the courage to speak up and challenge the stereotypes and attitudes about mental illness
- Serve as an example in changing the way mental illness is viewed.
- Recognize my own prejudices about mental illness and work toward changing my own thinking and behavior that maintain those prejudices.
- Choose my words carefully when referencing those with a mental illness