8 Myths About Anorexia That Are Totally False

Eating disorders unfortunately affect more people than you probably think. About 24 million people suffer from eating disorders around the world, with anorexia being the third most chronic illness in young people. Those are some big, big numbers.

Even though eating disorders are so prevalent, there are so many misconceptions about them. They are certainly not something that should be taken lightly or made fun of. Eating disorders fall under mental health because they are serious mental health conditions that cause serious damage.

This year, the American Psychiatric Association released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which had some important changes regarding eating disorders. “The DSM-IV Criterion D requiring amenorrhea, or the absence of at leastthree menstrual cycles, will be deleted. This criterion cannot be applied to males, pre-menarchalfemales, females taking oral contraceptives and post-menopausal females.”

This was a big step because eating disorders don’t just affect females, which is a common myth. Here are some other myths about anorexia that just are not true.

 
It’s important to be informed about eating disorders so you can help yourself or a friend who may be suffering. If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, you can get help. Call the National Eating Disorders Association Hotline 1-800-931-2237 to talk to someone or visit their website to chat online.
 
Did you think any of these myths were true? Tell us in the comments!
 

Seriously, being thin does not mean you have an eating disorder

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  • Erin

    I wish they would have mentioned that you don’t have to look thin to be anorexic. “Fat” people or “obese” people also suffer from anorexia. Do you know how long it takes before the weight even starts to come off? Muscle goes before fat. Anorexia is a state of mind not a state of being [appearance]. It genuinely upsets me that all of these pictures were of “skinny” people. I was anorexic from the ages or 14 to16 and it is something that I still struggle with on a daily basis. I’m 5’10 and weigh 268 pounds. I am not skinny by any means nor was I when going through this. I don’t weigh much more now than I did 4 years ago. No one even noticed I was anorexic until I had an emotional break down at school and spilled everything. It was a year and a half before anyone knew. Not everyone going through anorexia is skinny and those who are not skinny are very unlikely to become “skinny” while being anorexic before it becomes detrimental.

  • Erin Leigh

    What about “being anorexic means you’re thin”?? That’s one of the worst misconceptions out there and invalidates a lot of us. Shame for not bringing it up.

    • Poppy

      So true

  • selena

    i had anorexia for ear now . it sucks 🙁 . Ignorant people have no clue what its like i hate misconceptions