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“The Fearless Challenge” is the theme for the 31st annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Started by the National Eating Disorders Association, the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week’s objective is to bring awareness to the myths and misunderstandings about eating disorders and put life-saving resources into the hands of those in need. We’re calling on you to channel your inner champion.

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, there are at least 30 million people of all ages, genders, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexuality, or background who suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S. No one knows for sure what exactly causes an eating disorder, but doctors and psychologists are discovering a combination of sociocultural, biological, psychological and heredity are all factors in creating an eating disorder.

Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses that require professional help and support to recover. National surveys estimate that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives, states The National Eating Disorders Association. However, despite the staggering statistics, eating disorders often live in the shadows when it comes to funding most people don’t get the help they need.

For more information and resources about eating disorders, please click here.