Nonprofit highlights physical, mental crossroads of eating disorders

February 28, 2015 5:35 AM

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Nonprofit highlights physical, mental crossroads of eating disorders

The multifaceted nature of eating disorders — with nearly 50 percent of people with eating disorders also meeting the criteria for depression according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders — is the reason that the nonprofit Mental Fitness evolved from being an organization that focused on solely eating disorder education to include other pertinent aspects such as body image, self esteem and nutrition. The expansion of the nonprofit’s focus has allowed Mental Fitness to “really broaden our horizon” and address the complex disorder, said outreach director Jacob Burman.

“There are a lot of different issues that lead to eating disorders,” he explained.

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