This week has been an extremely important one to me. It started on February 24th and ends tomorrow. It is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. I know I should have blogged about this earlier at the start of the week but I couldn’t find the right words for what I wanted to say about this. I don’t need one week to be reminded that Eating Disorder Awareness is important. It is something that should be discussed and made aware about everyday of the year.
These are some facts about women and eating disorders:
Eating Disorders have been a huge factor in my life. I don’t suffer from an eating disorder personally but I am affected by this disease in numerous ways. I am not going into personal details but it is a HUGE and important issue in my life and this is something that I support 100%. I think that there needs to be more education in schools about eating disorders. It’s something that doesn’t get talked about too often and when it does get talked about it, it doesn’t go into depth like it needs to.
I remember back in the day in health class in school, our lessons were taught and focused primarily on drug, alcohol and steroid abuse. I think we might have casually glazed over the topic of eating disorders but it was never talked about or discussed like other issues were. I think eating disorders are just as important of a topic that needs to be discussed. It pains my heart to see women and men too, suffering from eating disorders. You cannot begin to understand how much it affects you personally, your entire family, your thoughts, your emotions, and just your life when someone you know or love or care about suffers from this disease.
It bothers me so much when I watch television shows or read magazines that glaze over this topic or make a “funny” comment about eating disorders. I don’t find it funny at all. I don’t find any of it funny. Do you know what it’s like for someone who is suffering from a disorder? Do you know what it’s like to walk into an eating disorder unit and see these women suffering and trying to get better? Do you know what’s it like to be surrounded by destructive thoughts all the time? Until you have seen those things and experienced those things, it’s NOT funny. I don’t think it should be made a joke from various television shows or celebrities. It is NOT a joke. Instead of making it a joke, how about make it a storyline and promote awareness for this terrible disease? How about take a negative and make it a positive?
It is a vicious cycle and there is no cure. It can go into remission but there is always that chance that it could come out. It is something that needs to be worked on every single day. There are numerous ways to get help that NEDA (National Association for Eating Disorders) has available for anyone who needs it:
NEDA Navigators – NEDA Navigators are highly trained volunteers—and they are here to support you.
NEDA Toolkits – These are three toolkits that can help to educate on eating disorders. There are three: Parent, Educator, Coach & Athletic Trainer.
Recovery Record - This is a new app that NEDA has designed for anyone who is suffering from an eating disorder. From this app you can do:
The slogan from NEDA is that Everybody knows Somebody. If that is true then there is so much that we can do to promote awareness and help those who need our help. There are numerous ways to get involved and promote awareness. You can find this ways here .
This truly is one of the most important causes that I care about and talk about on a daily basis. I cannot stress it enough how much awareness and discussion there needs to be about this topic. I think that we can help and prevent this if it gets talked about. It hurts me so badly to see how much emphasis women have to look “perfect.” There is no perfect. Everyone women is beautiful in one way or another. All shapes, sizes, colors, etc. are absolutely beautiful. That is what makes people unique. I think the stigma of perfection needs to go away. Every person has felt “fat” at some point in their lives. It’s the act of actually doing something about those feelings or letting those pass. We need to eliminate the words “fat” and “perfect” from our vocabulary and realize that every person is beautiful and unique in their own way.
Please join me in promoting awareness for Eating Disorders. Just talking about it can help one person and if I can help someone that is all I hope and wish for. If anyone ever needs to talk, please don’t hesitate to write me an email. I am ALWAYS here to help and listen anyway possible that I can.