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World Eating Disorder Action Day!

©Clr’15   You are unique!

This video, below, about the nine truths about eating disorders is what we need to hear …out loud!  Check out the website of WorldEatingDisorderDay

Speaking with youths and young adults, I may say eating condition more often.  Some say disordered eating.  I just have a hard time with the word “disorder”.  Maybe it’s due to the stigma that seems to “stay permanently” when you use disorder. Or perhaps, it’s just me.

Mental health condition is another term I feel more comfortable using.  I find when speaking to someone who is struggling with, for example, the pain of depression or someone meeting the challenges of anxiety and how it can create hurdles in their day to day life, are suffering enough with moods, feelings and uncomfortable behaviours, without being wrapped in a huge blanket that may discourage them more and scare them from getting help.

I often say, there is treatment for so many emotional and mental health conditions AND there is recovery.  Although it may be present on a daily basis in the lives of some people or resurfaces now and then under certain circumstances, it still does not define any ONE as a person.  There is so much more more to your relative, your friend, your peer, your colleague or YOU,  than a label.

On the positive side, a diagnosis (for some can be scary) can also be a relief.  Finally, there is  a reason for this or that mood or behaviour.    At last, there is also treatment which puts you on the path of healing…recovery…an encouraging thought, don’t you think?  Some journeys are longer than others…

I remember returning to university to get my degree in Applied Human Relations and Social Science.  Most people get to their destination in four or five years. It took me nine years!! But along that journey I learned so much, met amazing people.  Some take the expressway or highway and some take the scenic tour…I enjoyed the latter.

Let’s be more open on learning how to stay healthy…take care of one’s Overall health and encourage and help others who are on that path.  Remember…

Mental Health +  Physical Health = Overall Health

We are like a daisy; the petals represent the multiplicity of one’s personality.  The row of petals underneath are facets that are still to be discovered throughout life…what a delightful journey!

© Cheryl-Lynn  2016/06/01


The list of the nine truths taken from WorldEatingDisordersDay’s:

Truth #1: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.

Truth #2: Families are not to blame, and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.

Truth #3: An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.

Truth #4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.

Truth #5: Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.

Truth #6: Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.

Truth #7: Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.

Truth #8: Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.

Truth #9: Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.

The “Nine Truths” have been translated into multiple languages and were produced by the Academy for Eating Disorders in collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED, who serves as distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Nine Truths” is based on Dr. Bulik’s 2014 “9 Eating Disorders Myths Busted” talk at the National Institute of Mental Health.


A little bit about moi: I am a mom, a nana, a sister, a woman, a friend, a human being…a youth counsellor, Family Life Educator. I have been working in the helping profession for over 25 years and volunteered in various capacities from youths to seniors. Tournesol is my nom de plume for haiku and other Japanese form poetry here at Tournesoldansunjardin I hope you enjoy reading through my daily waka. I also have another blog "Stop the Stigma" where I may stand on my soapbox now and then and hope it will become a place to drop in and share or comment on issues important to you. In that vein this could be a great way to learn from each other. Namaste!

7 thoughts on “World Eating Disorder Action Day!

  1. I have an eating disorder and it is extremely difficult trying to explain it to people. They think it is so simple to overcome the disorder, but that is not true. I have to really work for my recovery.

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    1. I empathize your challenges, Lynn. Many conditions become a habit like drinking and self-harm for example. However when someone finally kicks drinking, self-injury, nicotine but they can live life without any of those habits. Eating conditions are probably the most challenging since you still have to eat every day to survive. Don’t waste your time explaining to those who are too ignorant to try and hear you. Surround yourself with people who care and try to understand.


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