National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
According to a national study, 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder, and many more will struggle with food and body image issues, which, if left untreated, can lead to negative physical and mental health issues.
As described by the National Institute of Mental Health, eating disorders come in many forms and have different signs and symptoms. An eating disorder can affect people of any age, sex, gender, and ethnicity. Research reports that almost 15% of high school females and 4% of males nationwide indicated a possible eating disorder, while very few reported ever receiving treatment.
NEDAwareness Week aims to bust myths, end stigma, get people screened, and correct stereotypes associated with eating disorders in hopes of connecting people with the help and healing they need.
Get involved in NEDA:
- Join the conversation on social media by downloading shareable graphics and using the hashtag #NEDAwareness.
- Print and share educational resources such as posters, infographics, brochures, and more!
- Are you a health care professional, student, educator or organization that wants to help raise awareness of eating disorders? Become a NEDAwareness Collaborator today.
- Find and attend an event near you.
Show your support or get help:
- Use this screening tool, appropriate for individuals ages 13 and older, to help determine if they need professional help addressing their eating disorder.
- Whether you are a parent, educator, or peer, check out these resources to learn the warning signs of eating disorders and find tips for talking with a loved one.
- National Eating Disorders Association Helpline: Call 1-800-931-2237 or text NEDA to 741741.
- Find treatment options near you.
- Chat with a trained volunteer online.