National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a campaign that is near and dear to my heart as you may know.

NEDA week logo 2014

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. ”

NEDA logo

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!

NEDA women

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)?

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5 thoughts on “National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

  1. Definitely know a few people that have dealt with eating disorders, very scary. So brave of you to talk about your experience, will be reading your posts on the subject of course.

  2. Have been gone from the US for 20 years, so don’t know what its like now… but in France, eating disorders are less present, or at least there seems to be less awareness / treated less in the media. I know a lot of people with disordered eating, but not an eating disorder (anorexia…).

    • Disordered eating can be scary territory because it’s right on the edge of an eating disorder. Where do we draw the line with disordered eating and an eating disorder? Seems it can be kind of a spectrum…

  3. […] not confessing this because of what I revealed a couple of weeks ago with my history of anorexia because the weight loss wasn’t caused by “Ed” in my head (my therapist used to have me try […]

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