Eating disorders impact an estimated 30 million Americans. They can flip someone’s world upside down, resulting in severe psychological, behavioral and physical challenges. Anorexia, for instance, has the highest mortality out of among all psychological conditions.

Yet eating disorders are often misunderstood – largely in part due to cultural and media influences and lack of knowledge among the general population.

In this latest vlog, Walden’s Stephanie Haines sets the record straight – breaking down four of the biggest myths when it comes to eating disorders

Highlights of what you’ll learn:

1). Eating disorders aren’t just a “girl’s problem. She shares the wide range of individuals impacted by eating disorders, including all ages, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, as well as all types of professions and socioeconomic backgrounds.

2). There is no one cause of eating disorders. Stephanie breaks down the many different types of factors that can lead to the development of an eating disorder, including psychological, biological, genetic, environmental and cultural influences.

3). Anorexia isn’t the only eating disorder
. In fact, Stephanie shares why it might be considered the least common.

4). We need to talk more about eating disorders. She debunks that common thinking that eating disorders will simply go away if you ignore, deny or downplay eating disorders. Rather, there’s a need for a broader discussion.

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Stephanie Haines, M.Ed., CHES, is the prevention education specialist at Walden Center for Education and Research. Her role is to provide prevention education to school communities including students, teachers and administrators regarding eating disorders, body image and related topics. Before joining Walden, Stephanie was a senior health educator and prevention specialist at the nonprofit organization Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) Educational Services in Newton, where she provided education to students in 50 countries about the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. Earlier in her career, she was a licensed occupational therapist in the Newport, N.H., school district. Stephanie earned her master’s degree from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, where she served as a graduate assistant to Margaret Burckes-Miller, founder and director of the university’s Eating Disorders Institute. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Granite State College and an associate’s degree from New Hampshire Technical College.