This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a campaign that is near and dear to my heart as you may know.
This year’s theme is “Everybody Knows Somebody” and if you read my blog, then you certainly do (yours truly). As part of the awareness week, NEDA asks that everyone do just one thing to help raise awareness and provide accurate information about eating disorders.
What could you do? According to NEDA, you could, “Distribute info pamphlets and put up posters, write a letter for Media Watchdogs, register as a volunteer speaker or host a volunteer speaker, post information on Facebook or arrange interactive and educational activities…These events and activities are vital to attracting public media attention – on local, national and international levels. ”
To lend my support, I will be doing something that I do for work, except I will be on the other end of it: I will be enrolling in a study looking at the genetics of eating disorders. I will also be recruiting family members as far out as possible to get the most genetic information. I found out about the study after contacting the physician who had recently published his research in genetics and eating disorders.
I would also like to share some of my journal entries from the times I was the deepest in it, to show you how awful the reality of anorexia is and how grateful I am to no longer be in its grasp. Instead of my usual M/W/F schedule, I plan to post an excerpt every day. I hope you’ll follow along!
Questions: Do you know or have you known anyone with an eating disorder or disordered eating? Did you try to reach out to help? Have you struggled with an eating disorder or disordered eating yourself (if you feel comfortable sharing)?