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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Eating Disorder Awareness Week Begins Today

While many people with anorexia or bulimia suffer in silence, this week is dedicated to speaking up about the issue of eating disorders. 

Today marks the beginning of national Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

Dr. Mimi Israël of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute tells CHSJ News some of the warning signs that you or someone you know may have an eating disorder include not wanting to go out for food anymore, refusing to eat in front of others and withdrawing socially.

Israël says the earlier you treat an eating disorder, the better the chances of recovery. But stresses if someone you know has an eating disorder, it's important not to force them to get help, but to lead them to their own conclusion that they may need help.