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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

I want to make you all aware that it is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating disorders are serious issues and there are a lot of folks out there suffering. Most of us have heard of anorexia and bulimia, but MSNBC recently reported that binge eating is the most common eating disorder in the US. Just as it not easy to assume that all eating disorders are the same, it is not easy to determine the cause of eating disorders.

The National Eating Disorder Association sponsors the week of awareness, and events are held all over the nation. Check their website calendar to see if there is an event happening near you. The site has a wealth of information. Best of all the NEDA website has treatment referrals for folks at risk for eating disorders.

The theme this year for National Eating Disorder Awareness week is: "Be comfortable in your genes. Wear jeans that fit the REAL you." A sentiment we can all appreciate, especially since this is the year the dreaded "skinny jeans" become a fashion staple.

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cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 7 years
I love Dove's campaign for "real women/real bodies" and would love to see more companies looking for REAL to represent themselves in marketing. Woman are tired of the self-loathing which is perpetuated by unrealistic marketing...we are discovering that we are allowing the perceptions of others to manipulate how we perceive ourselves...and are trying to battle this on a daily basis. I see what my daughter goes thru and it tears my heart out. If the national average size for women is 11/12--13/14...why is the average also viewed as fat? While these sizes may not be the most healthy---it is healthier than the tormenting/self-loathing which focuses on an unrealistic size 0/2---------and how the many women/young women set about to try to accomplish that goal. Men love curves. I think women perpetuate this obsession with being overly thin on themselves. Marketing feeds that frenzy.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
As one who has struggled with an eating disorder for most of my adult life, I know how important support from family and friends is. While it's important to target young women in these campaigns, it's equally important to educate others--including the males (boyfriends, fathers, brothers)--in their lives about how they can help. Comprehensive school based programs that include media literacy classes, meaningful health/physical education classes, and healthy school lunches can help as can vigilant coaches and dance/gymnastic instructors.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Yes, a great campaign. Many people only highlight anorexia and bulimia as eating disorders. But like Fit said, binge eating is very prevalent as well.
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
Good campaign. I really wish highschools and colleges offered more education for people on the dangers of eating disorders. Educational posters and pamphlet should be everywhere, it should be on bus-stops, billboards, everywhere, there just isn't enough info out there.
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