World Eating Disorders Action Day

Thursday, June 2, 2016 marked the first World Eating Disorders Action Day. At the Buffalo Centre, the staff encouraged patients to create an art project to support the day. After brainstorming, we decided to create a project based on the 9 Truths About Eating Disorders. I had never heard of the 9 Truths so I was very glad to learn about them. (see below)

Our art project was centered on truth #2: “families are not to blame [for eating disorders], and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies.” Now that I’m in recovery, I think more clearly- my brain is not as fuzzy as it once was. With that being said, I would like to THANK my family- which includes my siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and FRIENDS.

You are not to blame for my eating disorder but you are responsible for my recovery. I thank you for showing concern for me. I did not understand how sick I was until, unfortunately, I ended up in the hospital. I am BLESSED to be surrounded by each and every one of you and am very fortunate you stuck by me during my illness.

I hope I can support each of you during your dark times and can celebrate with you during good times. I certainly know now that I can celebrate with you because I was given a second chance at life.

Getting back to the World Eating Disorders Action Day… on Thursday, the therapist invited the patients to set an intention. Where would I like to be on the second World Eating Disorders Action Day (next year)? I set my intention towards recovery. My wish and prayer, selfishly for myself, is to be recovered by next World Eating Disorders Action Day so I can 1) help other people through this experience and 2) educate others on eating disorders.

I hope you’ll take the time to educate yourself on eating disorders and take a look at the Nine Truths.

Truth #1: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.

Truth #2: Families are not to blame, and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.

Truth #3: An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.

Truth #4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.

Truth #5: Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.

Truth #6: Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.

Truth #7: Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.

Truth #8: Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.

Truth #9: Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.