National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is a special time each year, dedicated to raising awareness of eating disorders and body image issues, while working toward prevention, reducing stigma, and increasing access to treatment.
Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses — not choices — and it’s important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.
NEDAwareness Week is a collective effort of primarily volunteers, including eating disorder professionals, health care providers, students, educators, social workers, and individuals committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment.
This year, NEDA asked everyone to do just one thing to help raise awareness and provide accurate information about eating disorders. NEDAwareness Week participants can choose from a huge range of ways to contribute: Distribute info pamphlets and put up posters, write one letter for Media Watchdogs, register as a Volunteer Speaker or host a Volunteer Speaker, post information on Facebook or arrange interactive and educational activities such as a meditation and yoga event, panel discussions, fashion shows, body fairs, movie screenings, art exhibits and more. As an official NEDAwareness Week participant you can be involved in any way that works with your schedule, resources, community, and interests. These events and activities attract public media attention – on local, national and international levels.
Please visit http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/programs-events/nedawareness-week.php#mission to access information on events in your area, activity schedules, registration, and lots of ways to participate in this important week!
(Information retrieved from National Eating Disorders Association.org, February 24th, 2011)