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Mental Health Monday: Anorexia 101

March 9, 2020

Anorexia Nervosa, a disorder whose name literally translates to “Too nervous to eat,” is now an epidemic in many first world countries. Of course, it’s easy to blame the rise of social media and the “Fitspiration” movement currently taking Instagram by storm, but did you know that Anorexia Nervosa has existed since the Middle Ages (if not earlier)? It’s true! You might also be surprised to know that Anorexia is the deadliest mental health disorder aside from opioid abuse. Irregardless, treatment can often be very inaccessible to those in need due to location, finances, or a variety of other factors. What else don’t you know? Grab a snack and tune in and test your knowledge as we explore one of the most common - but also most commonly misunderstood - eating disorders. 

If you have reason to believe that you or someone that you care about may be experiencing Anorexia Nervosa, there is an anonymous screening tool available to you at nationaleatingdisorders.org/screening-tool.

If you want to reach out for support, you can contact the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) hotline by phone at 1-800-931-2237 (available 11:00am-9:00pm EST Mondays-Thursdays; 11:00am-5:00pm EST Fridays) or you may contact the Chat Line at https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline (available 9:00am-9:00pm EST Mondays-Thursdays; 9:00am-5:00pm EST Fridays).

To get involved in nonprofit volunteer opportunities that support and further the cause, you can check out nonprofit organizations such as Project HEAL (theprojectheal.org) and the National Eating Disorder Association (nationaleatingdisorders.org). 

Intro Music: “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
Transition Music: “Skinny Love" by Bon Iver
Outro Music: “Unpretty” by TLC

Featuring audio clips from Buzzfeed Yellow/Buzzfeed News, TEDxYouth@ChristChurch, CBS Eyewitness News, and the documentary “Miss Americana” (courtesy of Netflix).