On A Weight Lifted, we often blog about women who struggle with body image, binge eating, emotional eating, and unhealthy dieting – all issues which relate to more serious and sometime life-threatening eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we -as a society – could prevent more people from undergoing the same difficulties?
The aim of NEDAwareness Week is to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment.
What is NEDAwareness Week?
NEDAwareness Week is a collective effort of primarily volunteers, eating disorder professionals, health care providers, educators, social workers, and individuals committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment.
How NEDAwareness Week Works
NEDAwareness Week participants organize events, share stories and distribute educational materials at schools, fitness centers, offices, community centers, places of worship and more mainly during the last week of February each year. As an official NEDAwareness Week participant you can be involved in any way that works with your schedule, resources, community, and interests. For example, you could donate copies of GO GIRLS!™ and Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies Too! to schools, ask your workplace to participate in the NEDA Wear Your Jeans to Work Fundraiser, coordinate a first annual NEDA Walk, or arrange interactive and educational activities such as panel discussions, fashion shows, body fairs, movie screenings, art exhibits and more. These events and activities attract public media attention – on local, national and international levels.
Until Eating Disorders are History….
Find out more how you can volunteer, obtain information, and show your support. Visit the National Eating Disorders website and get involved!