As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW), we’re blogging to increase awareness about eating disorders. Let’s Get Real!
If you’ve been reading through our posts this week on warning signs and symptoms, common eating disorder myths and how to help a friend, you may be starting to examine your own eating behaviors and body image.
Consider taking the free, anonymous and confidential Eating Attitudes Test. This is a widely cited, standardized self-report screening that can help you determine if you have an eating issue that needs professional attention. It does not diagnose an eating disorder, nor should it take the place of a professional consultation.
If you suspect you have an eating disorder, admitting this to yourself can be challenging but necessary for long-term recovery. It shows strength and bravery, so congratulations on stepping up!
The next step is to reach out for professional help. Eating disorders are treatable, and recovery is possible. Consultations for eating or body image concerns are available to Huskers on campus at Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center. Call 402.472.5000 to schedule. To learn more about our services, visit our website.
If you aren’t ready to seek professional help, tell someone you trust about your concerns. While it may be intimidating to be open with your loved ones, starting an honest dialogue will be beneficial to all involved and help you feel less alone. Check out this article for tips on how to have this conversation.
We end our EDAW blog series on this note: The feelings of hopelessness or depression you may be experiencing right now because of your concerns will not last forever. You are not alone. We are only a phone call away. To speak with a professional, call 402.472.5000. Help is available 24/7.