The 9 Truths about Eating Disorders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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