Former sufferers of eating disorders work to help others fight it

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POSTED: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 5:25pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 8:56am

Millions of men and women in our country are suffering from eating disorders, and this week is dedicated to helping them recover.

"When I came out and said, 'I am really struggling, I need help and treatment.' people said, I had no idea," explained McCall Dempsey, founder of Southern Smash.

Dempsey struggled with an eating disorder for 15 years, now she is spreading knowledge during national eating disorder awareness week.

“You know the theme, I had no idea was also the theme of my eating disorder. Here I was married, I was a successful marketing professional in our community, I had friends, so you know on the outside I seemed to have it all," explained Dempsey.

Dempsey works with her group Southern Smash and with others in the community to get the word out and get people help. Vanessa Richard is a dietitian who works with LSU, she said the best way to get someone help is to start the conversation.

"Just expressing concern and caring, avoiding accusatory statements and just being knowledgeable about what are the resources to offer that person. Professional resources," said Richard.

Though in the capitol city, resources can be harder to find.

"Community resources are limited, unfortunately. There are some private practice dietitians and therapists that specialize in eating disorders. A good therapist or dietician will help someone find that team approach," explained Richard.

Groups like Southern Smash can help you find the right resources if you are struggling with an eating disorder. Click here for more information.

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