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Full Text of HR0977  99th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, Eating disorders can affect all individuals
3regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic
4status; and
5    WHEREAS, Up to 30 million individuals in the United States
6suffer from eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa,
7bulimia, and binge eating; and
8    WHEREAS, Almost 50% of individuals with eating disorders
9meet the criteria for depression; and
10    WHEREAS, Approximately 95% of those struggling with eating
11disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25, with anorexia
12nervosa being the third most common chronic illness among
13adolescents with a mortality rate 12 times higher than the
14death rate associated with all causes of death for females
15between the ages of 15 and 24; and
16    WHEREAS, An estimated 10-15% of individuals with anorexia
17nervosa or bulimia are male, although female individuals are
18more likely to develop eating disorders; and
19    WHEREAS, Males are less likely to seek treatment because of
20the societal perception that eating disorders are "female



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1diseases"; and
2    WHEREAS, Only one in 10 individuals with eating disorders
3receive treatment and only 35% of people who receive treatment
4for eating disorders obtain treatment at a specialized facility
5for eating disorders; and
6    WHEREAS, Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate
7of any mental illness, with one study ranging from 4% mortality
8due to anorexia nervosa, 3.9% due to bulimia, and 5.2% due to
9other eating disorders not specified; and
10    WHEREAS, The mortality rate due to eating disorders may be
11higher because medical complications, such as heart failure,
12organ failure, malnutrition, or suicide, are reported as the
13cause of death instead of the eating disorder that led to the
14death of the individual; and
15    WHEREAS, The causes of eating disorders can be comprised of
16multiple factors, such as genetics, metabolism, psychological
17aspects including control, coping mechanisms, trauma,
18personality factors, family issues, and social issues
19including a society that promotes thinness and media that
20spread this message; and
21    WHEREAS, The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)



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1holds an annual conference to examine treatment and prevention
2of eating disorders that can affect the loved ones of family
3and friends; therefore, be it
6designate the week of February 21 to February 27 of 2016 as
7"Eating Disorder Awareness Week" in the State of Illinois in
8concurrence with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week for
9the purpose of urging both government entities and the
10citizenry to become aware and educated on the subject of eating
11disorders in an effort to love and support our loved ones
12struggling with such disorders; and be it further
13    RESOLVED, That people are urged to wear periwinkle colored
14ribbons, which is the color of eating disorder awareness, every
15day of Eating Disorder Awareness Week and have ribbons
16available at their offices for those who want to join in the
17awareness effort; and be it further
18    RESOLVED, That we extend our sincerest thank you to the
19National Eating Disorders Association for hosting its NEDA
20Conference in Chicago from September 29 to October 1, 2016.