Well. This is kind of cool. The information is coming to ME, now.
While Anorexia has not been part of my own journey or Binge Eating experience, I'm obviously pretty aware of the complexities of eating disorders, and even how some symptoms and behaviours can have cross-over between the official diagnoses. In fact, I've already written about the prevalence of "almost" disorders, because when those are factored in, it makes one ask "is disordered eating the new normal?"
This graphic is based on a book by Jenni Schaefer, called Almost Anorexic.
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.
Awareness and information is crucial and can save lives. It's not just the librarian in me saying that. If you see yourself or a loved one in these descriptions, check out crchealth.com for suggestions on how to find help.