National Eating Disorder Awareness Next Week & Sunshine

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It is a beautiful sunny day as I start writing my blog and I am feeling gratitude for how the sparkly light energizes me. I realize that sunshine offers the threads of hope and possibility after the gloom of gray days.

Next week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW). We at Green Mountain want to acknowledge the suffering, isolation and pain that eating disorders cause for individuals coping with anorexia, bulemia,  and binge eating disorder and for their families.  NEDA is working hard to get the word out about the causes, treatment and to offer hope.

In Dr. Deah Schwartz’ blog Tasty Morsels which is directed to those struggling with ED and the professionals working with them, she says: “But WE are not the intended audience for NEDAW.  The purpose of declaring a week for awareness is to increase the awareness of those who may not be as intimate with the details, repercussions, and scope of this extremely debilitating disorder and to hopefully raise money along with awareness for treatment and proactive interventions.

The theme this year is Everybody Knows Somebody which tacitly implies that we may not know that we know somebody, so let’s learn more about E.D. so we can recognize that somebody in our lives and help them.”

Here at Green Mountain we work with women with binge eating disorder, emotional eating, mindless eating, or “out of control” disordered eating.  We also appreciate the work that BEDA (Binge Eating Disorder Association) does to reach out regarding this often unnoticed disorder.

In our Binge Beliefs class last week, two women said how wonderful it was to know that they were not alone in the way they used food to cope…sneaking, hiding food, feeling self loathing and embarrassment. I believe that it is not the food part of the binge that is so hurtful, but what we say to ourselves after the binge.

Is there a way that you can reach out to  or connect with someone this week or next week for NEDAW?

 


2 responses to “National Eating Disorder Awareness Next Week & Sunshine”

  1. Big Girl Bombshell says:

    I will do my part….

    and this line grabbed hold….

    I believe that it is not the food part of the binge that is so hurtful, but what we say to ourselves after the binge.

    THAT is truly the issue that underlies the BED (and I suppose the other food & weight disorders) what we say to ourselves AND
    what we say around our children or to our children that they in turn hold on to….they have to learn it somewhere…

  2. Jill says:

    Inspiring kind of blog..Thanks for sharing this to us..

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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