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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Event Date: 
Monday, February 24, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, March 1, 2020 (All day)

According to a national study, 30 million Americans struggle with an eating disorder. Many others 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. Eating disorders can affect people of any age, sex, gender, or ethnicity. Research reports that although almost 15% of high school females and 4% of males nationwide indicated a possible eating disorder, while very few reported ever receiving treatment.

National Eating Disorder Awareness 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:

 

Show your support or get help:

  • Use this screening tool, which is 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.

 

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