DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - February 23, 2009) - More than 11 million men and women in the United States struggle with an eating disorder, yet despite the rising incidence of these devastating illnesses, misconceptions are prevalent among the general public. To raise awareness and understanding during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 22-29), the Eating Recovery Center, a premier eating recovery treatment center specializing in treating those severely afflicted with an eating disorder, shares the truth behind the seven most common eating disorders myths.

--  Myth #1:  Eating disorders are a disorder of choice. Eating disorders
    are a mental illness, not elective behavior. People suffering from eating
    disorders cannot 'snap out of it' as the implications of the diseases are
    far more complex than making healthy choices.
--  Myth #2:  Eating disorders are not life-threatening. Eating disorders
    are the most deadly psychiatric illness, with mortality rates reaching 20
--  Myth #3:  Eating disorders are about food. While eating disorders may
    begin with preoccupations with food and weight, they generally stem from
    issues beyond food.
--  Myth #4:  Eating disorders are not genetic. Current research suggests
    that there are significant genetic contributions to eating disorders and
    that the diseases often run in families.
--  Myth #5:  Eating disorders are an illness of the affluent. Eating
    disorders affect people from all social classes and all ethnicities.
--  Myth #6:  Eating disorders only affect women. More than one million
    men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, accounting for
    nearly 10 percent of all eating disorders.
--  Myth #7:  Eating disorders are a passing fad. The recovery period for
    an eating disorder can take up to ten years, and in some cases, many more.

"The reality is that eating disorders are complex conditions that can arise from any variety of potential causes and affect a wide demographic of Americans," explains Dr. Ken Weiner, medical director of the Eating Recovery Center and national expert in the treatment of eating disorders. "The danger in the pervasiveness of these myths is that people with eating disorders are not getting appropriate treatment to enact lasting behavioral change, reduce the chances of relapse and improve chances for survival."

Unlike any other facility devoted to the treatment of eating disorders, the Eating Recovery Center is equipped to handle treatment of the most severe eating disorders through the provision of 24/7 medical attention from highly experienced psychiatrists, internists and nurses using a modernized approach to care. Eating Recovery Center is one of the only treatment facilities that offers a full spectrum of recovery options for adults, combining medical management and psychiatric evaluation with therapeutic techniques, including expressive arts therapy, yoga and exercise therapy, personalized dietary counseling, culinary lessons and massage therapy.

Editor: Renowned eating disorders experts and founding partners of the Eating Recovery Center Drs. Ken Weiner and Emmett Bishop, along with current and former patients, are available for interviews to supplement your National Eating Disorders Awareness Week stories. Contact Lisa Weiner at 303.433.7020 or to arrange an interview.

About the Eating Recovery Center

Located in the heart of Denver's medical district, the Eating Recover Center is the only center in the Rocky Mountain region that offers adults a full spectrum of eating recovery treatment options. From inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and outpatient programs to meet each patient's unique needs, the Eating Recovery Center combines highly-trained medical staff with a unique collaborative treatment philosophy to make each patient's successful recovery a life-restoring event. For more information, visit

Contact Information: Contact: Lisa Weiner 303.433.7020