This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The event aims to put the spotlight on the seriousness of eating disorders and to improve public understanding of their causes, triggers and treatments.
The theme for the week is “I had no idea.” This theme is designed to encourage early detection, and to recognize the diverse experiences of people with eating disorders. The campaign uses slogans such as “I had no idea that bullying can lead to eating disorders,” or “I had no idea my passion was becoming a problem,” to show that eating disorders can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race or socio-economic status.
By increasing awareness and access to resources, the National Eating Disorder Association can encourage early detection and intervention, which in turn can improve the likelihood of full recovery for millions.
Eating disorders and addiction can be related, so it is important for people in recovery to be aware of the risk. A key goal of NEDAwareness Week is to direct individuals to a free online screening for eating disorders at MyBodyScreening.org