Eating disorders and addiction are frequently co-occurring. Particular personality traits, such as impulsiveness, have been connected to both eating disorders and alcohol/drug abuse. Research has also demonstrated that there are several similarities between the physiological conditions and mechanisms of addictive conditions, such as eating disorders and alcoholism or substance abuse. A commonality between eating disorders and addiction is that the addiction is inadvertently created into an even stronger form regardless of the health consequences a man or woman may be struggling with. Despite severe medical complications, it is difficult for individuals struggling with addictions to give up their addiction, as in the case of anorexia, bulimia, alcoholism or substance abuse.
- It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women and one million men
- One in 200 American women suffers from anorexia
- Two to three in 100 American women suffers from bulimia
- Nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder (Note: One in five Americans suffers from mental illnesses.)
- An estimated 10 – 15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are males
everyday i look for inspiration to continue my quest – this was it today
This is a preview of the kickstarter I have decided to use to fund distribution of my zine – recovery sucks. This zine is my baby – my story – to offer strength and hope to those in recovery or are still suffering from the disease. It is a real look into what goes on during those first days and throughout the first year. I found strength in others stories and my hope is that by sharing my darkest moments I will be able to give others hope. Check out my preview link and tell me what you think! xo dawn