Sunday, February 22, 2009

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Today kicks off the start of National Eating Disorder Awareness week.
This is a great outreach event for those who have either suffered, or have had to see a friend suffer from an eating disorder or unhealthy body image.
To participate, you don’t have to “do” anything. Just hope that someday, we can get rid of eating disorders for good!
What started with professionals in the field — who are now known as Founders of NEDA — in 1987 has become a passionate movement known as NEDAwareness Week . The largest eating disorders outreach effort in the country is held the last week in every February and has helped reach millions of people with messages of prevention, hope and recovery.
Mission:Our 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. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses — not choices — and it’s important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.
*Official Website


Shinade said...

Great post Angel for a very worthy cause. I saw the post over to Bing's. Isn't she just the sweetest soul ever?

I feel bad that I did not know about this awareness project. As one who deals with an eating disorder I should have.

I also am most likely going to miss being able to do a post for animal rights this Tuesday also.

I am on pain medication right now for my back and feeling a little woozy.

And I still have over 300 drops to get I better get to running!!

I hope you have a great week!

clean and crazy said...

This is so great of you to put out there. I worry so much about eating too much and I know my daughter doesn't eat enough. And we all know women who just refuse to take care of them selves. Thanks so much for thinking of others.

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Anonymous said...

Eating disorders are an illness, but how you deal with it is a CHOICE. Don't get so beaten down with a "flashback." Treat it as a memory and just move on. It's much easier to be a victim when you call it a flashback rather than a memory. You already know what happened. What is the big surprise and trauma each time? Don't be a victim. Victim's always say "why this?" "why that?", but survivors tackle the problem and don't keep repeating the same patterns over and over. Yes, we all need support and sympathy, but at some point you just say "enough is enough."

Angel said...

A flashback is so much different from a memory, and it has nothing to do with being a "victim". A flashback feels just like you are in the moment, reliving the event, so it does feel like being re-traumatized.