National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Feb 25th - March 3, 2019
New York, NY February 20, 2019 –– The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders, will celebrate National Eating Disorders Awareness Week February 25 - March 3. This year’s theme,Come As You Are, highlights NEDA’s movement towards inclusivity in the greater eating disorder community. Come As You Are sends a message to individuals at all stages of body acceptance and eating disorders recovery that their stories are valid and invites those whose stories have not been widely recognized to speak out, share their experiences and connect with others.
“Eating disorders can impact anyone, no matter their size, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, social economic status or ethnicity,” said Claire Mysko, CEO of NEDA. “With Come As You Are, we are sending a clear message that everyone deserves body acceptance and are welcome in the NEDA community.”
With over 30 million Americans struggling with an eating disorder at some point in their lives, NEDA aims to reject the stereotype that eating disorders only affect thin, white women and are a lifestyle choice or decision. This theme was chosen to start conversations with a variety of communities, specifically people of color, men, those who identify as LGBTQ+ and individuals in higher weight bodies, all of which are not included in the stereotypical perception of an individual with an eating disorder. This NEDAwareness Week, come as you are, not as you think you should be.
CALLS TO ACTION: What you can do this NEDAwareness Week
1. Take the Body Acceptance Challenge and pledge to reject diet culture
2. Come As You Are on Instagram
Write a few things you like about yourself on a t-shirt, piece of paper or your body
Take a photo wearing the t-shirt, holding the piece of paper or showing off your body art
Share your picture on Instagram with a caption explaining why you chose the words you did and what this year’s #ComeAsYouAre theme means to you. Remember to include the official campaign hashtags: #NEDAwareness and #ComeAsYouAre
Tag @NEDA and three people who inspire you to “come as you are” and challenge them to join you in the movement
The NEDA Helpline is available Monday-Thursday from 9AM to 9PM ET, and Friday from 9AM to 5PM ET. Contact the Helpline for support, resources and treatment options for yourself or a loved one.
Helpline volunteers are trained to help you find the information and support you are looking for. Reach out today!
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