Did you know the government even responds to issues as personal as eating?
Yes, in 2011, Congress oversaw a new project - the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act.
- FREED Act -S. 481 (112th Congress):To enhance and further research into the prevention and treatment of eating disorders, to improve access to treatment of eating disorders, and for other purposes.
So why did the government act? Outcry from the public inspired a large investigation of how much eating disorders affect Americans.Here is Section 2 of the Bill's mainfindings:
11,000,000 people in the United States may suffer from eating disorders Eating disorders affect all demographics and pose grave health consequences Anorexia nervosa has one of the highest overall mortality rates of all mental illness Anorexia nervosa has highest suicide rate of all mental illnesses Different types of eating disorders affect different groups more severely than others, especially women