• Melinda Karth

Why aren't eating disorders taken seriously?

With the recent passing of television personality, Nikki Grahame, I'm reminded of why I do what I do. And why I have an ever-growing, insatiable need to do more to advocate for eating disorder (ED) awareness, treatment, and prevention. While misconceptions about EDs are abundant, three are particularly relevant to Nikki: the belief that anorexia nervosa (AN) can be cured by simply eating, that EDs are driven by vanity, and that, unless you're on your deathbed, your ED isn't serious. None of these are true. Over the course of subsequent posts, I will provide insight and scholarly information to counter these misconceptions. My hope is to educate the public about the seriousness of EDs, the need for better treatment options, and to offer as much justice as I can for Grahame, who the healthcare system failed.

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