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Eating Disorder Awareness Week

by Nate Imig

 

Eating disorders affect 30 million Americans each year. The key to helping people is early detection, and that begins with education and awareness.

 

The National Eating Disorders Association spreads the message of recovery and hope during it's annual week of awareness, Feb. 22nd through Feb. 28th. The theme this year is "I Had No Idea…",  bringing the truths' of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder to the forefront, helping clear up misconceptions of the disease.

 

For more than 100 years, Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc has committed itself to providing the best in mental health care and innovative treatment options. Want to know where to start if someone you love may be suffering from an eating disorder? Click the player above to hear from Dr. Brad Smith, Medical Director of Adult Eating Disorder Services at Rogers.

 

Eating disorders no not discriminate: they can affect all ages, races and backgrounds in both men and women. Click the player below to hear from Denise Folcik. She didn't develop her eating disorder until later in life. In the story below, she shares her personal journey of pain and recovery. Now, she spends her time giving back and trying to help others affected by eating disorders. Check out her blog here