This year’s theme of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, or NEDAwareness Week, is ‘I had no idea.’ The goals of this year’s campaign are…

This year’s theme of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, or NEDAwareness Week, is ‘I had no idea.’ The goals of this year’s campaign are twofold; to address common misconceptions about eating disorders and to educate people about the available resources for treatment and support. The National Runaway Safeline is doing our part by sharing the key messages from NEDAwareness Week.

  1. Eating disorders are serious illnesses, not lifestyle choices. Eating disorders are not simply ‘dieting too much,’ they are complex diseases that arise from a combination of behavioral, emotional, interpersonal, psychological, and social factors. While an eating disorder may begin with a preoccupation with diet and exercise, it is about much more. An eating disorder may be a way for the sufferer to have some control in his/her life or manage overwhelming emotions.
  2. Education, early intervention, and access to care are critical. If not identified and treated early, eating disorders can become chronic, debilitating, and even life-threatening conditions. Early diagnosis and treatment significantly enhances recovery. The more the public talks about eating disorders and de-stigmatizes those seeking help for an eating disorder, the greater strides we will make in addressing the issue.
  3. Help is available and recovery is possible. Help is available and recovery is possible. The National Eating Disorders Association is a great resource, either via their website, NationalEatingDisorders.org, or their helpline, 800-931-2237.

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