Disordered eating affects people of all ages. Unfortunately, today’s young adults commonly struggle with disordered eating. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week provides support and increases eating disorder awareness to reduce stigmas and help people get the support they need to recover. This NEDA Week, help those you love find the disordered eating treatment support that’s right for them.
If you or a young man in your life needs disordered eating treatment, the team at Red Oak Recovery® can help. Our holistic health programs help men ages 18-30 with addiction and disordered eating. Call us today at 828.382.9699 to learn more about our programs.
What Are Eating Disorders?
There are two common eating disorders: anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Both are recognized by the American Psychological Association. While these two disorders are common, many other behaviors and habits contribute to disordered eating. These may include:
- Binge eating
- Yo-yo dieting
- Guilt and shame related to food
- Food obsessing
- Body dysmorphia
- Feeling no willpower around food
- Exercise and calorie restriction to compensate for binging
Disordered eating is simply an unhealthy relationship with food. An unrealistic and unhealthy body image often is at the center of disordered eating habits. When someone struggles with disordered eating, they are preoccupied with food, calories, and appearance. This obsession can lead to self-harming behavior, low self-esteem, and anorexia or bulimia in some cases.
For many young men, disordered eating allows them a sense of control. Social, economic, and peer pressures can lead to disordered eating. By counting calories and obsessing over food, individuals may feel control over their bodies in an otherwise stressful world. In most cases, disordered eating is a sign of deeper issues that need attention.
What Is NEDA Week?
National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, or NEDA for short, is a week dedicated to raising awareness and showing support for those living with disordered eating. Because disordered eating affects people psychologically, it is often associated with guilt and shame. Many people, especially young men, don’t seek treatment or ask for help. NEDA normalizes disordered eating and shows that help and recovery are attainable from all walks of life.
If someone in your life is struggling, NEDA week is a great time to show your support. Self-education on eating disorders is a great way to support loved ones. NEDA resources can help people find support groups, treatment programs, and the help that is right for them. Show your support by participating in NEDA events online, using social media, and local support groups. Eating disorder awareness is a critical step in helping loved ones recover from disordered eating.
Begin Holistic Eating Disorder Treatment Today
It may sometimes be challenging to talk about food. Many people across the country struggle with disordered eating. Some may not realize their relationship with food is unhealthy, while others may not want to admit they need help. These fears and feelings are normal. If you or someone you love is struggling, Red Oak Recovery® can help. Our dual diagnosis programs provide comprehensive tools for addiction and disordered eating recovery. With an emphasis on wilderness therapy, we help men change their relationship with food. Psychiatric support, stress management, and the ability to reconnect to nature allow many young men to see food as fuel.
Get the Help You Need to Recover at Red Oak Recovery®
Come see the difference in eating disorder treatment at Red Oak Recovery®. If you’re ready to help yourself or a young man in your life thrive, or want to learn more about NEDA week, call Red Oak Recovery® now. Our staff is ready to answer your questions at 828.382.9699. Don’t let food control your life.