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May 28, 2010

Cheryl Kerrigan battled an eating disorder for 22 years of her life. She survived the long, arduous ordeal and is now giving other's coping with an eating disorder hope by sharing her story in her new book.

Kerrigan's book, Tell ED NO! and Other Practical Tools to Conquer Your Eating Disorder and Find Freedom, chronicles her experience with the condition and how she was able to overcome it.

She notes that it was not an easy situation to pull herself out of. Her family intervened and she sought treatment for the disease. Even through treatment she struggled but wanted her freedom more than giving into the anorexia.

Her experiences with an eating disorder are what inspired her to write this book to help others. Shining light on the illness and showing that she survived it may give others encouragement.

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) estimates that about 10 million women and 1 million men suffer from an eating disorder. However, those afflicted with the disease tend to be secretive so the numbers may be larger than what is reported.

NEDA offers survivors and those currently suffering from an eating disorder support in the form resources and information. They have information on treatment and how to locate local support groups and medical professionals specializing in the disease.

They also note that research into eating disorders is heavily underfunded and has remained stagnant as the number of cases has grown over the past 20 years.
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