Who do eating disorders really affect? [Infographic]
Despite the misperception that eating disorders are only an issue for young, white, affluent women, there is plenty of evidence that eating disorders affect people of every gender, race, ethnicity, culture, size, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation.
Sadly, this misconception has real consequences for those who don’t fit the stereotype.
The myths around eating disorders make those who don’t fall into the category of “wealthy young white women” feel more confusion and shame about their disorder. Even worse, there is evidence these misconceptions prevent many from seeking or receiving treatment for a dangerous eating disorder.
To help raise awareness about the marginalized voices of eating disorder sufferers, the National Eating Disorder Association shared an infographic revealing how eating disorders actually affect older individuals, African-Americans, and LGBT individuals.
You can see the infographic below or on the NEDA website here.