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I’m teaming up with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. 

Part of the week long awareness campaign is sharing stats and information to remove some of the myths and stigma that surround eating disorders. Everybody knows somebody who suffers: at least one in ten of us are living with or have suffered from an eating disorder.

All sizes. ALL shapes. Male, female. All races. All ages. All of us.


The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Reaching millions every year, we campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. We work with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.

Not sure if you MAY suffer from an eating disorder? Take a screening here OR call the toll free, confidential Helpline, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time: 1-800-931-2237


Our Theme

This year’s NEDAwareness Week theme is “Everybody Knows Somebody” because awareness of eating disorders is certainly spreading. Last year, NEDAwareness Week registrants spanned all 50 states and 30 other countries. We hope to have another record-breaking year in 2013, and have everyone commit to doing just one thing!

Our Mission

The 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.

What is NEDAwareness Week?

NEDAwareness Week is a collective effort of primary volunteers, including eating disorder professionals, health care providers, students, educators, social workers, and individuals committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment.

How NEDAwareness Week Works

NEDA asks everyone to do just one thing to help raise awareness and provide accurate information about eating disorders. NEDAwareness Week participants can choose from a huge range of ways to get involved: Distribute info pamphlets and put up posters, write one letter for Media Watchdogs, register as a Volunteer Speaker or host a Volunteer Speaker, post information on Facebook or arrange interactive and educational activities such as a meditation and yoga event, panel discussions, fashion shows, movie screenings, art exhibits and more. As an official NEDAwareness Week participant you can be involved in any way that works with your schedule, resources, community, and interests.These events and activities are vital to attracting public media attention - on local, national and international levels.

Visit the NEDA website for more information.

TRIGGER WARNING: This post may trigger those of you suffering from E.D., but I think it might help you understand why people around you say the things they say. Unless you’ve lived it, no one knows what someone with E.D. goes through. They say things that THEY think are helping, or that relieve THEIR stress. By knowing that they are uninformed about the disease, you can help yourself better deal with the words that might trigger you during recovery. You are human. So are they.

Since getting into this industry, I’ve had more exposure to eating disorders than I’ve ever had in my life. Weight-loss and fitness are healthy options for most people, but for some they are unhealthy quests for control and endanger their lives. I’ve had my own issues with food, but never to the extent where I felt controlled by it. I have, however, been exposed via an outpatient clinic where I volunteer and the patients mimic many of the sentiments I see here, on my dashboard, every day.

So, due to my recent exposure, I’ve become more sensitive in my language. I’m careful about how I talk to these girls, careful not to comment on their bodies, careful to support body-love & body love resources and stay as positive as I can. But there are others who don’t have the luxury of my education, or my exposure, who demonize the thin & are hurting those who may be suffering without fully knowing what they are doing. This could be you. It could be your mom. It WAS me a few years ago. And, I had NO resources to help me at all.

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Listen up. Very important article, not only for those with serious issues & conditions relating to food, but even for those casual dieters out there.

Interesting and scary.

Warning: possible triggers for E.D.

Yogurt super-power Yoplait has agreed to pull it’s latest commercial from the airwaves after receiving complaints from NEDA, the National Easting Disorders Association. NEDA believes that the ad could possibly trigger behaviors that could lead to eating disorders or inadvertently trigger those recovering from eating disorders.

My thoughts

Girl wants her cheesecake. She wants it bad.

Right off the bat, you can tell that the actress in the ad probably doesn’t need to worry about that piece of cheesecake. She’s already slim, and her over-analytic monologue seemingly borders on obsession. It’s stressful to even HEAR her voice going back & forth trying to justify how to compensate… for what should be (and appears to be) a treat she can afford herself.

What about a smaller slice? Okay, sure! Or maybe a medium slice with celery sticks (not sure how that makes sense). Or jog in place while eating a big slice followed by celery sticks (cause THAT will cancel it out, lol).

The only way to end her relentless back & forth? A co-worker, who points out a lower calorie Yoplait option. Ahhhh, the debate is put to rest.

Puh-lease. Watch the ad below.

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