Raising awareness

More Americans have eating disorders than heart disease, according to report

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An estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to a report released today for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Claire Mysko, chief executive of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), said that there are more Americans with eating disorders than adults with heart disease, including men and women of all ages and backgrounds. The report is intended to help raise awareness for eating disorder screening and treatment, she said. The group’s online screening tool can help identify behaviors that can point to potential disorders.

“Unfortunately, eating disorders are still largely defined as girl’s and women’s issues, but they affect men and women, girls and boys,” Mysko said.

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