Eating disorders are a complex bio/psycho/social mental illness that include influencing factors such as genetics, personality and temperament, and cultural norms. Those who struggle with self-image and perceptions about their appearance tend to be at risk for developing an eating disorder; add the tendency to achieve perfection and/or trauma to increase the risk.
An important resource for those struggling with an eating disorder is the National Eating Disorder Information Centre, operating Canada’s only national toll-free helpline (and instant chat), providing support and treatment options to people across Canada. Of callers to the helpline, 45% are those personally affected, 30% are concerned loved ones, and 15% are health professionals.
Their extensive website features a blog, countless resources for understanding eating disorders as well as tabs as to where to get help.
Their toll free number: 1-866-633-4220
To visit the website: https://nedic.ca/
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