Raising Awareness with Center For Discovery
Center for Discovery’s very own Marissa Jones and Sara Dreier join Spectrum News 13 anchor Eric Levy on the important discussion of eating disorders and how it can affect anyone in our lives.
National Eating Disorder Awarness Week 2020
Eating disorders affect 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States and research has showed that body image, poor self esteem, dieting fads and fat shaming all contribute to the development of eating disorders not just in young girls but both men and women of all ages and social classes. Anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa are the most well known eating disorders however there are many other eating disorders such as avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), pica, and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) that affect many individuals however these eating disorders are not as publicized. There are also other eating disorders that are not yet recognized by the DSM such a orthorexia which is becoming more common and often requires professional treatment in an eating disorder treatment center. Eating Disorder Awareness Week is a National campaign that takes place every year in order to raise awareness about eating disorders and provide resources for those who are curious about the disorders or who are interested in seeking treatment.
National Eating Disorder Association
This year’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 25th-March 3rd 2020 and is sponsored by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). This year’s theme is “Come as You Are: Hindsight is 20/20”. The goal is to reflect on the postive steps taken towards accepting oneself and others. “Our culture has complicated relationships with food, exercise, and appearance. 30 million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues that have untold negative impacts on their lives. But because of stigma and old stereotypes, many people don’t get the support they deserve. Join the conversation and help us raise awareness, bust myths, get people screened, and start journeys to healing”.
NEDA is hosting multiple events across the United States including awareness walks, legislative events, community center events, body image workshops and educational events hosted at schools. Additionally, NEDA is promoting a huge social media campaign where anyone can get involved and ask questions, share their stories and learn about eating disorders from other individuals.