Eating Disorders are the most deadly mental illness and the most As someone who has personally lost years due to an eating disorder, I can vouch for the fact that they are terribly draining and taxing on your body, mind, soul, and that of your family and friends. The prevalence of eating disorders in today’s society is concerning
I spoke with Lauren Smolar, the Director of Programs at the National Eating Disorder Association, about helping a friend that you believe is struggling with an eating disorder. I find this to be very difficult to navigate; it’s hard finding a balance of expressing genuine concern and overstepping any boundaries/triggers.
I hope that this interview brings some clarity to this issue; it certainly did for me!
Many people nowadays are open about their struggle to maintain a healthy relationship with food. The prevalence of eating disorders, whether it be anorexia nervosa, orthorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or EDNOS, is widespread, affecting an estimated 10% of the U.S. population. One very important but often overlooked way to preempt the possible growth of disordered eating thoughts is to change the way we talk about food. This simple change can do wonders in creating a healthy relationship with food for us and those around us.
The original list featured in Dr. Burns The Feeling Good Handbook, which itself was derived from the book Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond by J. Beck and A. Beck, includes 10 negative thought patterns/cognitive errors. These cognitive errors were identified in efforts to increase awareness of common ways that negativity seeps into our minds, and in doing so, prevent it from affecting us. I shortened the list down to 5, as many of them overlap.