The Skinny on Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 21 – February 27, 2016

This month let each and every one of us take time out of our busy days to think about how Eating Disorders (ED) affect us individually and as a nation. More than 30 million United States citizens suffer from an eating disorder, therefore 5-15% of the current population of those with eating disorders are men. That means, an overwhelming majority of those with ED are women.

According to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual Five (DSM-5), Eating Disorders are a form of mental illness and women are more prone to forming such conditions. There are two types of eating disorders which affect us as a nation; Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder.

Anorexia Nervosa:

An intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat or obsessed with weight gained, even though he or she is body weight is currently significantly low.

Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating:

Experiencing a lack of control, over eating, during the episode. Recurrent inappropriate behavior to reduce weight gain such as, self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, fasting, or excessive exercising.

The above eating disorders do not only affect women but those throughout the fitness community as well. The fitness community is at extreme high risk of forming such conditions due to the mentality of forming the “Perfect Physique”; not eating enough foods to meet certain weight requirements or for the appearance of muscularity. The end results of the “perfect physique” may cause poor nutrition, resulting in calcium and bone loss.

It is important for those who are staying fit to not only form healthy eating habits but to form healthy rational thoughts about oneself and eliminate the irrational thinking; making sure he or she meets daily nutritional requirements.

If you know anyone who is suffering from an eating disorder, please make sure they seek immediate help. Please call 1-800-931-2237 or visit


American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5. Washington, D.C: American Psychiatric Association.

Kyle P. Goodwin, MHP, BSHS
Assistant V.P DBSA
USMC, Veteran

Kyle Goodwin is a Mental Health Professional, currently attending graduate school at Lewis University in Romeoville, ILL. He is a service connected veteran who wants to give back to the community by helping those who are suffering from mental illnesses.He was born and raised in Chicago, ILL and served those who were Homeless and Suffering from HIV/AIDs throughout north Chicago.  

 Kyle Goodwin has also serviced San Diego county by obtaining training in end of life Hospice Care, Mental Health of America, SD, and South Bay Community services. 

Kyle Goodwin obtained his Bachelors of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix in San Diego and is currently studying his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health in Adults, at Lewis University. He is currently residing in the inner city of Chicago and is hoping the blog on mental health trauma and inspiration, inspire those throughout the world. His Goals is to complete graduate school in spring of 2017 and become a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, who specializes in Traumatic experiences.