Eating disorders, especially in children and teens, have been slowly increasing in Canada, even more so since the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be explained by a combination of factors, such as social isolation, increased social media usage, stress, and poor mental health. Diagnoses are also broadening to capture non-stereotypical presentations of the disorders (33,34,35,36,37,38).
But still, misconceptions and stigma surrounding these disorders remain very much alive and can prevent people from getting the support they need (5,8,12,14,17,24,32).
Raising awareness of eating disorders is particularly important considering they have some of the highest mortality rates among mental health conditions and yet research remains under-funded (30,39).
Make sure you are not fuelling any misconception by reading, learning and sharing these 6 truths about eating disorders.
If you wish to learn more about eating disorders, check out our references doc for a list of trusted Canadian resources. 👇
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