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February 22-28 Marks National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

This year, February 22nd through 28th marks National Eating Disorders Awareness week. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), an estimated thirty million people will be impacted by an eating disorder during their lifetime. Given the large scope of this issue, the NEDA decided to make the theme for this year’s campaign “I had no idea…”.  Their goal is to encourage discussion along topics such as “I had no idea men and boys suffered from eating disorders, too”, and “I had no idea eating disorders are often misdiagnosed”.

The highly trained therapists at Birmingham Maple Clinic understand the issues those dealing with eating disorders face and can work with families to help address them. As part of the effort to raise awareness, the staff at BMC has published several articles about eating disorders. We’ve collected a sample of these postings to reprint in connection with February 22-28 as National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. 

Kate K. Smith, a therapist with the Birmingham Maple Clinic, appeared on the Bottom Line with Cindy Kainz to talk about eating disorders. Smith provides insights into the different types of eating disorders and discusses how they are often tied to other underlying conditions, such as depression and anxiety. Watch the interview in its entirety here

Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist Carrie Krawiec, LMFT discussed the link between social media use and the development of eating disorders with Sean Lee on WWJ 950. For more on this dynamic, please see the full article here

Carrie Krawiec, LMFT from the Birmingham Maple Clinic joined FOX 2 News to discuss #Thinspiration, the harmful internet “community” developing around eating disorders, and to give parents and friends some helpful tools to recognize and take action against eating disorders that afflict loved ones. Watch the interview here.

Dr. Olivia Thakkar, a psychotherapist at the Birmingham Maple Clinic discusses treatment options for eating disorders and the obstacles some families can face in getting the best care in this article from the Detroit Free Press