Elisa Ruth McCall was a vibrant, beautiful college student, who like many her age, suffered from the pain and unhappines of an eating disorder illness. When her life ended prematurely at age 20 she hoped to reach out to those suffering like her and to others in danger of developing eating disorders.
She left an important legacy in the form of her personal journal -- a record of her struggle -- which she intened to be shared with others. Through this journal, Elisa wanted to bring a message of hope and inspiration to those who suffer.
Elisa's family has established the Elisa Ruth McCall Memorial Endowment Fund at Southern Methodist University for the purpose of providing individuals and their loved ones with the education and support required to avoid or overcome eating disorder illnesses.
All across the country, eating disorders are taking their toll on people obsessed with an irrational fear of being fat. Take a look at some of these frightening statistics:
Because many anorexics and bulimics deny that they are ill, family and friends play a critical role in recognizing eating disorder problems and getting help immediately. Although not all victims display all symptoms, several danger signals are commonly associated with anorexia and bulimia. It is very difficult to deal/live with a close friend or loved one who suffers from an eating disorder.
This all may seen hopeless, but remember, eating disorders can be cured! Although anorexia and bulimia can have tremendous impact both physically and mentally, they can be conquered.
Recommended treatments can include: