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The most common eating disorder is an overeating disorder and the majority of those who suffer from an eating disorder are normal weight or overweight.

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 This is what Anette Stulen from the Eating Disorders Association writes in a post on


A one-sided focus on underweight

She goes on to say:

It is important that people know that anorexia, compared to other mental disorders, is the disorder with the highest mortality. But we must take seriously that eating disorders are so much more than this, and that it is at least as important that this information also reaches people.

The post is based on the fact that much of the journalism about eating disorders focuses on anorexia and being morbidly thin. Anette Stulen takes a stand against a one-sided focus on this form of eating disorder. She writes:

It is especially unfortunate that the underweight are very often referred to as the very sickest. This in no way reflects reality, one can be very ill without being very thin.

Many anorexics also say that the times they have been sickest are when they have been of normal weight, but that the help is then lacking because they physically look "healthier and better".


Needed with a more diverse picture of eating disorders

Stulen states several reasons why a one-sided focus on eating disorders is unfortunate, in which all the other forms of eating disorder fall into the background. She says, among other things, that many people who have suffered from an eating disorder experience that the treatment is stopped as soon as they have reached normal weight, despite the fact that normal weight is not synonymous with healthy.

In addition, she says:

Many people feel misunderstood and ignored. As mentioned, overeating disorder is the most common eating disorder, but the one we hear the least about.

She underscores:

A more precise and diverse picture of people with eating disorders is needed. Stories from and about people who are similar to themselves are important, that way it is easier to recognize and feel understood. This recognition can in turn be crucial for taking oneself and one's situation seriously.


Addresses important topics

In addition to asking for a more holistic perspective on eating disorders, Anette Stulen writes:

We need to talk about eating disorder as mental disorders and not merely focus on the physical aspects. About the quality of life, and the courage to take back what the disease has stolen. We need to talk about how devastating eating disorders are for everyone involved. And we need to talk about isolation and loneliness.

We need to talk about treatment options, or the lack of these. We need to talk about people who seek and want help do not receive it.

We need to talk about the failure of symptom treatment without paying attention to the causes of the disease. About all those who are not taken seriously, who have their everyday lives and quality of life ruined, but "are not sick enough". And about those who are "too sick" for treatment.

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