Let’s get real – eating disorders can affect anyone, anywhere. This National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness), Center for Living is helping change the conversation around food, body image, and eating disorders! But because of stigma and old stereotypes, many people don’t get the support they deserve. 30 million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues that have untold negative impacts on their lives. And there is a significant co-occurrance of eating disorders and substance abuse. According to NEDA, substance abuse problems may begin before an eating disorder, or even after recovery. They suggest that those struggling with co-occurring substance use and disordered eating should speak with a trained professionals who can understand, diagnose, and treat both substance use disorders and eating disorders. You can contact NYCFL at 212-712-8800 to speak to someone if you have concerns about yourself or a loved one. We are sharing some resources and valuable information to inform teens who are not aware of the risks to their health, to their success in school, and to their safety while being under the influence. When teens are given the scientific facts about drugs, they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others. We hope that you will down load and share these resources with your family and friends. Learn about eating disorders and substance abuse below and don’t forget to visit substance abuse and eating disorders to take the screening tool and for more facts and resources. Join the conversation and help National Eating Disorder Association raise awareness, bust myths, get people screened, and start journeys to healing.