Demi Lovato, Oprah Winfrey, Portia de Rossi, and Dennis Quaid all have something in common... they all have a history of eating disorders. With the media hype, you may be under the impression that eating disorders are only found in famous celebrities. But look harder…. an individual with an eating disorder could be your next door neighbor, your co-worker, or even your child—an elementary school student, adolescent, teen, young adult, middle age adult—or perhaps your aging parent. Eating disorders do not discriminate among socioeconomic status, race, religion, age or even gender.
Let’s look at some statistics:
- It is estimated that 20 million women and 10 million men have an eating disorder
- One in 200 American women suffers from anorexia, while two to three in 100 American women suffers from bulimia
- A total of 50% of the 50 million individuals undergoing treatment for obesity are binge eaters
- A total of 30 - 50% of individuals with eating disorders abuse alcohol or illicit drugs, compared to 9% of the general population.
- Diagnoses of an eating disorder have been made in children less than 12 years of age and as old as age 75.
Eating disorders are brain diseases and have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness - they can affect every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. Eating disorders can result in cardiac arrest, diabetes, chronic renal failure and neurological damage, along with bowel, breast and reproductive cancers.
Do you know someone who has struggled or is currently struggling with an eating disorder? On top of their eating disorder, are they struggling with alcohol and drug use? How about depression and anxiety?
The Inner Door Foundation is hosting a Yoga and After Glow fundraiser at The Detroit Opera House Sky Deck on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. This local fundraiser is to bring awareness of eating disorders and raise money for individuals whose insurance has denied treatment to help augment out of pocket costs. Stereotype Event Detroit seeks to break the stigmas and stereotypes of how we view an eating disorder, while building a recovery community in MetroDetroit. Whether you enjoy yoga, or just want to join us for the afterglow, mingle and watch our Tigers play from the rooftop view, please join us as we break the stigma, this spring, in the “D”!