If you know someone struggling or are personal struggling with an eating disorder take the time to watch this video. Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED shares this evidence based document: the nine truths about eating disorders:

#1. Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.

#2. Families are not to blame, and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.

#3. An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.

#4. Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.

#5. Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights.

#6. Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.

#7. Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.

#8. Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.

#9. Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.