National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is a national initiative to raise awareness about eating disorders. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 25th-March 3rd 2019 and is sponsored by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). This year’s theme Come as You Are, highlights NEDA’s movement towards inclusivity in the greater eating disorder community and their goal of unifying the field of eating disorders. Inclusivity in the eating disorder community represents all ethnicities, body types, and genders. The goal is to include every individual regardless of his or her weight, body shape, skin color or sexual orientation. Eating disorders are misconstrued as belonging to a group of young female Caucasians who belong to the middle-upper class; when in reality this is a myth as eating disorders affect everyone. Approximately 20 million women and 10 million men are affected by eating disorders in the United States. The majority of these individuals do not seek treatment because they feel embarrassed, are in denial, do not have the financial means or social support or simply do not know where to start. The stigma against eating disorder is enormous, especially for those who are considered a minority. Below are a couple eating disorder resources we recommend you read to find out more.
Online eating disorder support blogs
The Binge Eating Disorder Association’s (BEDA) blog is devoted to exploring binge eating disorder (BED), which doesn’t necessarily get as much attention as anorexia and bulimia. Topics covered include weight stigma, weight loss surgery, treatment options, and local events.
Hope is valuable for people living with eating disorders and those who love them. Jacquelyn Ekern, a therapist who battled her eating disorder, began this blog to help others. It covers new research on eating disorders, awareness events, and other news about treating and diagnosing eating disorders.
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) blog offers insights into living with an eating disorder, seeking treatment, and coping with life after overcoming an eating disorder. The blog includes posts about interacting with others, building your self-esteem, and speaking to loved ones about your experiences.
Center for Discovery is a reputable eating disorder treatment center that has locations around the country. They also have a strong presence in the online community and provide an online blog that is centered on all topics pertaining to eating disorders.
Eating disorder recovery podcasts
The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast By Dr. Janean Anderson
Healing your relationship with food, your body and your Self The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast is a show about the recovery process from eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, as well as disordered eating, emotional eating, dieting, and exercise addiction. The show is for anyone who would like to learn more about the psychology of eating disorders, make peace with food, improve their body image, and live authentically.
What is Going On With My Body By Tammy Beasley, RDN
When it comes to recovering from an eating disorder change is inevitable, but also so frightening many people stop halfway. Tammy explains what is physically and physiologically occurring inside your body in the early stages of recovery from eating disorders. Gaining an understanding of the science behind your emotions and feelings can help alleviate some of the stress during this process.
Love, Food By Julie Dillon
This podcast allows listeners to rewrite their fate with food. Listeners write a letter to food outlining their complicated relationship with food from their first diet in early childhood to their first purging episode. You learn which food beliefs should stay in your heart and which others should be dumped down the garbage disposal.
In-person support groups
In-person support groups vary on location and therefore it is best to check with your treatment center if free support groups are offered in your home area.
The National Associated of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), offers in-person support groups in many cities across the United States. You can visit their website and search for a support group in your location. ANAD also offers other excellent programs such as opportunities to give back to our community by volunteering. Volunteering can be helpful in your recovery process as it can give you a sense of purpose and connection within your community. For more information visit their website.
Grocery store buddies Grocery stores can be a terrifying place for you if you are new to recovery. This program is offered through ANAD and pairs you with a volunteer grocery buddy who can help you shop for nutritious and healthy foods. You may even develop a friendship and learn how to cook in the process.
These non-profit organizations are well known, established organizations that offer free information and tools online for anyone learning about the eating disorder recovery process.
National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA): This is the largest non-profit organization in the United States that provides awareness and prevention of eating disorders. It also offers resources to family members and loved ones.
Project Heal: This organization works to provide grants to individuals who cannot afford eating disorder treatment and also works to raise awareness for eating disorders and promotes healthy recovery.
Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA): Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States, and it affects both men and women alike. BEDA is a non-profit that is dedicated to helping both men and women who are suffering from binge eating disorder.
NORMAL in Schools (NIS): NIS is a U.S. arts and education organization that educates the youth on the devastating impacts of eating disorders and how art therapy can help bring awareness and recovery to issues relating to body image, self-esteem, and severed relationships.