For every 20 adolescent and adult women you see on the street, there is one who suffers from an eating disorder. Whether it be Anorexia or Bulimia Nervosa or a Binge Eating disorder, eating disorders have become a large epidemic and a serious problem. Today, one in one hundred teenage girls in the U.S. will develop anorexia nervosa and up to 10% of those girls may die as a result.
We do not claim to be experts on the subject of eating disorders, and due to their serious nature, we feel that the best information on this subject will come from sources which specialize in this area. As a guide, we have located many websites on the internet which we have found to be professional, reliable, and informative. We hope that they will lead you to many discoveries about eating disorders, and that from this information, you will find out what you can do to fight this rapidly growing disease.
Concerned Counseling Eating Disorders Website is sponsored by St. Joseph's Center for Eating Disorders. Here girls can take weekly polls along with hundreds of other girls and women on issues like weight loss. You will find articles from Concerned Counseling Incorporated's journal with topics ranging from stories about how stress is linked to eating disorders to actual experiences written by people with eating disorders. There are online chats for people suffering from eating disorders where you can meet with counselors, authors, motivated speakers, researchers, and people who have survived from anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive eating disorders. Additionally, there are many tests that you can take online which are quite similar to the quizzes found in teen magazines, the difference being that these tests were made by people who specialize in eating disorders. These tests do their best to determine if you or someone you know has an eating disorder. Other tests examine your attitudes about body image, will tell you if you are physically fit, and will even count your calories for you. The tests are fun, check them out! This site is a great place to find information about eating disorders. You can find out about the warning signs of eating disorders, as well as about relapse, research, prevention, dangers and complications, and treatment and recovery. See for yourself! http://www.concernedcounseling.com/eatingdisorders/eatingdisordersindex.html
The American Anorexia/Bulimia Association, Inc. is a national organization that has worked with MTV, HBO, Glamour and many other nationally recognized media sources to educate people about the seriousness and "widespread existance" of anorexia, bulimia, and other often fatal eating disorders. This site gives clear and understandable lists of danger signals associated with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. http://members.aol.com/amanbu/
The Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders website is an also an excellent source. Here you will find an essay on the incidence rate of anorexia among ballet dancers, and information with regards to eating disorders on physical dangers, signs and symptoms, medications, prevention, causes, and self perceptions. There are also many links to other eating disorder sites, newgroups, and mailing lists.http://www.something-fishy.com/ed.htm
Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, Inc., also known as EDAP, is a national non-profit organization which strives to increase the awareness and prevention of eating disorders. Their website is a great place to find out about the Eating Disorders Awareness Week scheduled for 1999 and to find out how you can volunteer in your community to help prevent eating disorders. Read about ways parents can help prevent eating disorders and get tips for kids on how to eat well and feel good about themselves. http://members.aol.com/edapinc/home.html