Nearly 30-million Americans will experience an eating disorder at some point in their lives and local health organizations are hoping to bring awareness to this issue. This is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Zayda Ewing with CentraCare says eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes, which can make it hard to identify:

“Some of them struggle with the lack of insight — they don’t see how severe the eating disorder is. And that’s part of the eating disorder. So it can be really challenging to get patients to see that, because they so strongly believe that what they are doing, there is no issue.”

Ewing says the most common types of eating disorders are bulimia and anorexia. She says while there are more resources and awareness surrounding the topic, we are still seeing a rise in the number of people diagnosed with eating disorders, especially during the pandemic.