It’s National Eating Disorders (NEDA) Awareness Week.
This year’s theme is “I Had No Idea…” to raise awareness about the major damage that eating disorders pose to those that have them as well as their family and friends. Eating disorders are NOT something small or simple.
Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect both a person’s emotional and physical health. In the United States alone, 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. These conditions affect all kinds of people and don’t discriminate by race, age, sex, age or size.
[The goal this year is to] promote public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and improve education about the biological underpinnings, environmental triggers, warning signs and how to help those struggling.
There are many ways you can help!
- Donate directly to NEDA
- Find a walk in your are (or start one! or donate to mine!)
- Provide accurate information: Put NEDAwareness Week posters, pamphlets and handouts in your schools, community centers, medical offices or workplaces.
- Share about NEDA awareness week on your own blog or social media outlet. To find thing to share, go here.
- PIN these infographics
- Join the Instagram Campaign
For this campaign to succeed, we need your help! We’re asking NEDA supporters to participate in the campaign by posting images on Instagram and tagging them #CaptureHope during NEDAwareness Week (Feb. 23-Mar. 1). These images can be anything that inspires hope for you.
- Take a step towards your own recovery or body-positive lifestyle.
- Vow to remove fat talk from your vocabulary, to value yourself for something other than your body, and to treat your body as the perfect being it is.
There are TONS more ways to contribute. Check out the NEDAawareness.org website for all the information, and follow @NEDAstaff on twitter to stay up to date on the latest ways to get involved and make a difference.
I’ll be sharing more info and statistics throughout the week, so if you’d like you can follow me on:
How are you going to support NEDA awareness week?