Eating disorders, on A Healthier Charlotte
Posted on 22 Nov 2011 by Bobby DeMuro
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This week on A Healthier Charlotte, we tackle a very pervasive and sensitive public health topic — disordered eating.
Most of you are likely familiar with some eating disorders — like anorexia and bulimia — but the National Institutes of Health defines an eating disorder as “an illness that causes serious disturbances to your every day diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating.”
Eating disorders frequently make their first appearance during teen years or young adulthood but many also develop during childhood, and later in life. The three most common eating disorders, which we discuss on the show, are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
Statistics from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health estimate several things about eating disorders:
- 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women and one million men
- One in 200 American women suffer from anorexia
- Three in 100 American women suffer from bulimia
- Nearly half of all Americans know someone with an eating disorder
- An estimated 10 – 15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are males
- Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
- The mortality rate for anorexia is 12 times higher than the rate of ALL other causes of death for females 15–24 years old.
- 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems
This week on the show, we’re joined by four guests, starting with Lynn Dreyer, an advocate fighting to cure eating disorders with her organization Melissa’s Voice, a Charlotte-based non-profit foundation that raises funds and awards treatment scholarships for those battling eating disorders.
Lynn lost her sister, Melissa, to suicide in 2007 after Melissa’s lifelong battle with an eating disorder, and Lynn joins us on the show to tell her story and share her advocacy.
We also speak with three medical professionals about the clinical aspects of eating disorders and treatment. Joining us on the medical panel are:
Bilal Ghandour, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Southeast Psych
Jessica McCormick, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian, Teen Health Connection
After the show, visit A Healthier Charlotte for web extras, behind-the-scenes footage, and more. We have several informative videos covering nutrition education that are exclusive to the AHC website.
On December 6, our fifth episode will air from WTVI’s studios in Charlotte, covering behavioral sleep medicine and stress relief. Stay tuned!