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We created the above infographic to generate awareness about a phenomenon that recently came to our attention called “almost anorexic.” There are a lot of gray areas around the diagnosis and treatment of anorexia (and all eating disorders), and these disorders are becoming more prevalent in the United States (and around the world).

While only 1 in 200 adults meet the clinical diagnosis of anorexia, 1 in 20 people meet the criteria to be considered almost anorexic. The percentage is much higher for teen girls.  Since eating disorders are among the deadliest of all mental disorders, our treatment community is urgently reaching out to improve awareness about the  symptoms and warning signs of anorexia.

The graphic was inspired by the book Almost Anorexic by Jennifer J. Thomas, PhD and Jenni Schaefer.

If someone you care about is exhibiting behaviors that might be harmful and could lead to anorexia, there are steps you can take to become a positive reinforcement in their life. The key is to empower yourself with information from eating disorder treatment professionals about how to respond to symptoms of anorexia and other eating  disorders.  An eating disorder counselor will provide steps to take to begin the recovery process and you will also gain awareness about the underlying issues that influence disordered eating.

You can contact CRC Health for more information about eating disorder treatment and learn more about eating disorders by visiting website like the National Eating Disorder Association.

by McKayla Arnold