Mental Health Literacy: Eating Disorders

Lansdowne, PA – February 20, 2024

Understanding and Addressing Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious health conditions that can affect anyone, but they are particularly common among young people. Understanding these disorders is crucial for early detection and support.

Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that often involve an unhealthy relationship with food and body image. The most common types include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. They are not just about food but often involve psychological, physical, and social factors. Eating disorders can have severe physical and mental health consequences, ranging from malnutrition and digestive problems to anxiety, depression, and social isolation.

Key indicators can include drastic weight changes, obsession with calories, excessive exercise, with- drawal from social activities, and changes in mood. It’s important to remember that these disor- ders can affect people of any size or shape.

If you or someone you know is struggling, it’s important to seek professional help. This can include therapists, nutritionists, and support groups. Family support is also crucial.

It’s important for families to understand the complexities of eating disorders, encourage open, non-judgmental conversations about health and body image, balanced eating habits, and a positive body image, as well as be supportive. Finally, don’t hesitate to consult healthcare professionals for advice and treatment.


  • National Eating Disorders Association- NEDA

(This post is part of the DCIU Interconnected MTSS Framework shared with Delaware County school districts to help promote mental health awareness.)