Eating Disorders: More Than Meets The Eye

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The last time I went to rehab, I had no hope,” admits 24-year-old Kaylee Vanderhoof, regrettably. “I did not care if I died, and I had lost all hope. No one wants that.”

Vanderhoof has been dealing with an eating disorder since she was only 7 years old. Now, after 17 years of fighting, Vanderhoof has found that hope. And so have I.

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder. Around 95 percent of them are young – between the ages of 12 and 26.

The pressure to look a certain way – thin – starts very early in this country. According to ANAD, a striking 42 percent of first- through third-grade girls in the U.S. want to be thinner, and an incredible 81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.

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