February 19, 2010 15:48 ET

EmpowHER Offers Free Resources for Women Dealing With Eating Disorders

Resources Released to Support National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - February 19, 2010) -  In an effort to support National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which runs from February 21 - 27, EmpowHER, a health media company for women, is offering free resources for women who are dealing with eating disorders.

EmpowHER has dedicated a special resource page on its site where readers can find articles, Community posts, videos and other resources on eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating. The page offers a guide to the resources on EmpowHER as well as other locations on the web.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), as many as 11 million people in the U.S. are battling anorexia or bulimia and approximately 15 million more are struggling with a binge eating disorder.

Without proper treatment, these disorders can have serious effects on a woman's health. "Each of the three eating disorders is equally hard on the cardiovascular system and may have damaging impact on heart health," notes Mary Kyle, an EmpowHER HERWriter. "Untreated, the results of an eating disorder can lead to a cardiac event and even death."

Barbara Holtzman, another EmpowHER HERWriter and a psychotherapist who focuses on food and body issues, notes that there is hope for women dealing with these issues: "If we want to heal our eating disorder, we need to realize that it is not just a problem -- it is a symptom, trying to give voice to an underlying unacknowledged or un-dealt with conflict. While our eating disorder may change form -- from anorexia to bulimia to binge eating -- until we deal with the underlying issues, our eating disorder will express it for us."

"Eating disorders impact so many women in this country, and yet it is not talked about enough," states Michelle King Robson, Founder and Chairman of EmpowHER. "Our site is a great place to help women learn about these disorders, find the answers they need to begin living healthier lives, and to find other women just like themselves who are dealing with the same exact issues they are."

Access EmpowHER's Eating Disorder Resource Page

To access some of EmpowHER's eating disorder content directly, please click the links below:

Eating Disorders main information page

Eating Disorders Guide: Diane Porter

Anorexia Nervosa main page

Binge Eating Disorder main page

Bulimia Nervosa main page

HERArticle: Eating Disorders and Relapsing, The Setting Sun, Roll Credits

HERArticle: Is Eating Too Healthy an Eating Disorder?

HERArticle: Parents and Caregivers of Those With Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Compulsive Eating... F.E.A.S.T. Will Support You

HERArticle: Mom Uses Family Support for Treatment of Anorexia, Bulimia

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