If someone were to ask you which mental illness has the highest mortality rate, would you know the answer? Many may think they know the correct answer, but it might surprise you to learn that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among all mental illnesses.
An eating disorder is a serious illness that causes a disturbance in eating behaviors to an individual. While eating disorders may greatly impact the physical as well as emotional well-being of individuals, they gain their power through silence and secrecy.
February is National Eating Disorders Awareness month. The Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT), a nonprofit located in Nashville, TN is on a mission to break the silence, change the conversation and ultimately change lives. EDCT encourages everyone to take a few moments to read over some basic information and statistics about eating disorders. Proper knowledge and awareness of these deadly diseases can save a life.
If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder or disordered eating, please contact the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee for help at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 831-9838. Every day, EDCT performs life-changing work as it makes strides to carry out its mission of offering hope, help, and support to Tennessee and beyond.
Donations can be made to EDCT by visiting edct.net/About/Stories_of_Hope. A single donation can help train health care professionals on the latest eating disorders treatments, provide community outreach and education, and help sustain EDCT’s personalized referral service as well as free support groups.
If you are located in the Nashville or surrounding area, EDCT along with NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) is hosting the Second Annual NEDA Walk Nashville on March 22, 2014 in Centennial Park. All proceeds from the event will benefit eating disorders awareness education and prevention. To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/1bRRafZ.
To learn more about the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee, please visit: www.edct.net.
To support Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee through We-Care.com, please visit: edct.we-care.com/getstarted
*The facts and statistics listed were primarily gathered from the National Eating Disorders Association and kidshealth.org.