National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

There’s a misconception out there that people only care about things that relate specifically to them; that because our center focuses on specific procedures, that that’s all we care about…but it’s not. As much as we love talking about MRI’s or similar procedure types, we realize that it’s only a tiny part of the much larger picture that is “general health/medicine”.

As members of the health and medical industry, we have a higher obligation to raise awareness about a variety of different topics that aren’t necessarily our traditional “beat” but are equally important. As much as we want to raise awareness and inform patients about the procedures that are relative to our facility, we also want to dedicate a significant portion of our time to highlighting other health-related things that people are struggling with.

February 22-28 is National Eating Disorder Awareness week, and it’s a week that we feel deserves a lot of attention. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders, almost  24 million people in the US alone suffer from an eating disorder, and of those 24 million only 10% receive treatment.

National Eating Disorder Awareness week was developed to highlight the seriousness of eating disorders and increase the public’s awareness of the causes, triggers and treatments of the disease in the hopes that this would encourage early intervention and detection for those struggling.

This year’s theme was “I Had No Idea”, and it focused on the fact that most of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders are overlooked by people. Eating disorders are incredibly difficult to battle, and almost everyone knows someone who is affected by them.

NEDA week is almost over, but just because the week ends doesn’t mean the problem does. We hope this topic is something you’ll keep in your mind long after this week comes to an end, something you’ll continue to work towards putting an end to.