I bet you know somebody that has had an eating disorder. Am I right?
Well, if you “know” me, then that’s at least one. It’s somewhat disheartening to think about how many people, particularly girls, battle some type of eating issue during their life. Right now the numbers are over 20 million women and 10 million men in just the United States. The more and more people I hear from about their struggles, the more passionate I am about helping.
It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and the theme is “Everybody Knows Somebody”. Last year NEDA Week hit 70 million people. It’s a big deal. Even the Empire State Building will be lit with blue and green lights on Tuesday!
Ways To Help
1. Become a NEDA Navigator. This is a new program that I’m volunteering with. From the website,
“Navigators are volunteers that have experience navigating the complex and overwhelming systems and emotions involved with the diagnosis and process of seeking help for an eating disorder. Volunteers are trained by NEDA staff and Clinical Advisors and NEDA founders Douglas Bunnell, PhD and Ilene Fishman, LCSW, to be a knowledgeable, informal source of support and guidance to those who are new to the illness.”
I took a training course and now have my own email address where I am put into contact with people that want some support either for their own eating disorder or for that of a friend or family member. We don’t provide any medical help, but let them know they aren’t alone and suggest resources to use.
2. Everybody Knows Somebody Video Project. Submit a 30 second video sharing your experiences with eating disorders and encouraging others to seek help. The guidelines are here and the deadline is March 2nd.
4. Share this post, your own post, or the NEDA Awareness website, on your blog or social media channels.
5. Be especially supportive of a struggling friend or family member.
6. Pin or share this Infographic (© NEDA):
There are TONS more ways to help on the NEDA Awareness Website. I’d highly suggest checking it out!
My Body Doesn’t Make Me Beautiful
I thought a cool way to help would be to take what I’m calling the “My Body Doesn’t Make Me Beautiful” challenge.
See if you can refrain from talking about, judging, or valuing yourself or anyone else (including celebrities) because of their body. Not that anyone is too skinny, too fat, has a little celulite, lost the baby weight, or even looks great. Nothing. This week we will value people for their love, intelligence, compassion, humor, and more, but NOT because they have a great body.
Feel free to share that graphic or put it on your blog side bar if you want to participate.<a href=”http://fitting-it-all-in.com/neda-awareness-week/ ”><img src=”http://fitting-it-all-in.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/beautifulbodyNEDA.jpg” border=”0″ /></a>
Do you know someone that has suffered from an eating disorder?
How will you help support NEDA Awareness Week?
If you think you might be suffering from an eating disorder, take this free screening and please seek help! https://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/NEDA (© NEDA)