There is a commonly held view that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice.

Sarah Kreklewich with Alberta Health Services, wants to make sure that everyone knows it is not a choice.

"Eating Disorders are truly a very serious mental illness, and they are associated with significant medical complications."

"Eating Disorders Awareness week runs Feb. 1-7, and it's an international wide awareness event," stated Kreklewich, "Its purpose is to raise awareness around eating disorders, and help to decrease the stigmas associated with eating disorders."

Eating disorders are very serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person's eating behaviours. There is a lot of stigma and shame still associated with eating disorders and people should know that they are not alone with their struggles.

If you suspect that your, or someone you know, may be struggling with an eating disorder, there are a lot of resources available. Talk to your family doctor for more information.

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