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Eating disorders do not have "a look "

Eating disorders do not have a look. 

There is a significant occurrence of disordered eating among people living in larger bodies.

only offering those in larger bodies that desire weight loss another calorie calculator, rigid meal plan or intensive workout plan keeps feeding the damaging fitness industry narrative that is still present (although somewhat less over recent years) that those individuals in larger bodies just need more will power.

Research in young adults suggests there are 50% higher rates of disordered eating behaviour in "overweight" + "obese" individuals compared to "normal" + "underweight" individuals [Negata 2018]

To note;

Between 7-10% of the global population have a diagnosed eating disorder,

around 70 million people,

considering only 1 in 10 receive treatment the number is likely to be vastly higher

+ this does not include those experiencing disordered eating without a diagnosis.

So, if you are working with individuals, especially those who desire weight loss,

it is so important to be Disordered Eating Informed.

Are you using validated screening tools?

Do you know the warning signs?

Do you know where to sign post individuals for more information?

Do you know the information that may be triggering or harmful to mention in sessions or on your SM?

Are you using disclaimers on your guidance or apps that inform consumers that it may not be suitable for those experiencing disordered eating?

Have you self inquired about your own weight stigma / fat phobia? Please don’t be ashamed if you do hold some stigmatised beliefs, offer yourself some compassion as you were not born with these, you were taught them, now you are aware of them, you can explore that area further .

If you are working with people, it is likely that you are working with someone experiencing disordered eating thoughts and behaviours.

Head over to @beatedsupport to take a look at their resources.

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