Myth Busting for Eating Disorders Awareness Week

February 6, 2017

The Adult Eating Disorders Service at London Health Sciences Centre is dispelling some of the common misconceptions and misunderstandings people have about eating disorders during Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 1-7. Eating disorders can be difficult to understand and as a result there are lots of common myths that exist.


  • Most people with eating disorders are extremely low weight
  • Anorexia Nervosa is the most common eating disorder is a choice, usually about vanity
  • Only teenagers have eating disorders
  • Families are to blame for eating disorders
  • I have complete control over my weight


  • Over 70% of people with eating disorders are normal or above normal weight
  • Binge Eating is the most common (roughly 2% of the general population)
  • An eating disorder is a serious mental illness that no one would want to suffer through
  • We see close to 200 new patients a year
  • Families can be destabilized by eating disorders but typically resume normal functioning as the individual recovers
  • 30 years of poor outcomes from weight loss trials would disagree, we don't have as much control as we think


“Believing in common myths about eating disorders can be a barrier to seeking help and assessment,” says Elizabeth Phoenix, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, London Health Sciences Centre. “We encourage you to be a part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week by talking with friends and family about these myths.”

About Our Service:

The Adult Eating Disorders Service (AEDS) is a community based program provided by London Health Sciences Centre and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex. The outpatient eating disorders treatment program takes place in the community setting of 54 Riverview Ave., rather than in hospital. Individuals interested in our program can be referred by a physician. Once a referral is received people are seen within 4-8 weeks for an assessment. We offer group based treatment for individuals with binge eating disorder, intensive day treatment with or without residential treatment, and individual outpatient treatment. We have recently begun offering individual outpatient treatment making treatment much more accessible to people who were previously unable to take time off work or school to attend our intensive program. 

Our team is passionate about providing the best care possible to individuals with eating disorders. If you have any further questions about our services please contact our program secretary at 519-685-8500 ext. 74793.