National Eating Disorder Week
Monday was the start of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and it runs through March 1st. 30 million people will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime, and less than 30% of those people will seek treatment. Many times, treatment is a financial luxury that many cannot afford. Time off from work, expensive treatment centers, and mental health professionals that don’t take insurance all attribute to the lack of availability for treatment. And eating disorder recovery support is unlike any other treatment plan. Where abstinence from drugs or alcohol is a critical part of rehabilitation, one cannot abstain from food. Treatment consists of looking at the client’s relationship with the food that fuels his or her body for healthy living and using evidence-based treatment applications for trauma and other struggles related to eating disorders. 95% of the people affected with an eating disorder are of the age 12-30.
One might ask why Baue Funeral Homes would want to bring awareness around eating disorders. But as a community leader, it’s important to remain relevant and address the issues that are impacting others. Many times, a traumatic death and grief will cause PTSD symptoms and lead to other complicated grief issues. 97% of the people hospitalized for an eating disorder have other comorbidities such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and/or post- traumatic stress disorder. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate than any other mental illness.
Baue Funeral Homes and the Center for Hope and Healing are relentlessly working to be a resource when it comes to your grief and your overall mental health. If you feel like you are dealing with an eating disorder and need support, you can always reach out for counseling at The Center for Hope and Healing at (636) 329-0878 or the National Eating Disorders Association helpline at (800) 931-2237.