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National Eating Disorders Association Launches 26th Annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Posted Feb 21 2013 4:53pm

Received this worthy press release today that I wanted to share with my community…..

National Eating Disorders Association Launches 26th Annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Themed – Everybody Knows Somebody

Events Planned in Communities Across the Country, Feb. 24 – March 2
NYC’s Empire State Building Will Light the Way Feb. 26th

news The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is launching its 26th annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week), Feb. 24 – March 2, in an annual campaign to bring public attention to the critical needs of people with eating disorders and their families.

During NEDAwareness Week, thousands of people come together in communities across the country, hosting events to raise awareness about body image and bring national attention to the severity of eating disorders, which are bio-psycho-social illnesses with potentially devastating, sometimes life-threatening, consequences. While there is hope and recovery is possible – particularly with early intervention – many people suffer from the long-term effects of these illnesses.

Themed Everybody Knows Somebody in 2013, individuals can participate in NEDAwareness week by attending events, conducting outreach in their communities or joining NEDA’s planned social media campaign. Some of the many events planned for the week include presentations and health fairs in schools and on college campuses; screenings of informational films; fashion shows featuring men and women of all body types; art shows; The Great Jeans Giveaway (encouraging people to get rid of jeans that don’t fit, buy jeans that fit the real person and to “be comfortable in your genes”); and NEDA Walks.

Also to help promote NEDAwareness week this year, NYC’s Empire State Building will again be lit in NEDA’s signature green and blue logo colors the night of Tuesday, Feb. 26 to put a spotlight on the fight against eating disorders.

Research and NEDA program outcomes have demonstrated that education and outreach leads to increases in knowledge of resources for those who struggle and the number of individuals who seek help and support for an eating disorder.

handmouth Commented Lynn Grefe, president and CEO of NEDA, “While we have made progress in spreading awareness of eating disorders, there remains much to be done to get people to the help they need a lot sooner. Eating disorders can become life-threatening and each of us knows someone affected. But you can help! Changing our society’s unrealistic views on body image is critical. Early diagnosis and intervention is key. And if you do know someone, reaching out and getting people to treatment quickly could spare financial, physical and emotional hardship. There is help and there is hope … But take action and do it today. A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.”

NEDA encourages individuals to get the conversation started in every community by pledging to do just one thing to raise awareness and provide critical information on eating disorders and related issues. Everyone can participate by planning and/or getting involved in local NEDAwareness Week events and activities; providing information and resources; and by encouraging community members to model acceptance and celebration of diversity in body shapes and sizes.

10 Signs of an Eating Disorder

1. Drastic weight loss.
2. Preoccupation with counting calories.
3. The need to weigh yourself several times a day.
4. Excessive exercise.
5. Binge eating or purging.
6. Food rituals, like taking tiny bites, skipping food groups or re-arranging food on the plate.
7. Avoiding meals or only wanting to eat alone.
8. Taking laxatives or diuretics.
9. Smoking to curb appetite.
10. Persistent view of yourself as fat that worsens despite weight loss.

For information on what’s happening in your community during NEDAwareness Week or how you can get involved: www.NEDAwareness.org

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