Eating disorders…. you had no idea?
Did you know that 47 percent of elementary school children who read magazines acknowledge that those images make them want to lose weight? And that 10 million young and adult males will suffer from some type of eating disorder at some point in their life? Or that 65 percent of patients affirm that bullying contributed to the onset of the illness? If you replied “I had no idea…”, you can’t miss the latest campaign launched by The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) on the occasion of the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, precisely bearing the slogan “I had no idea…”
In this way, and on February 22 and 29, NEDA intends to call attention to these illnesses with an initiative through which it intends to educate on the dangers as well as alert the large majority of the population on the problem in general, as well as its symptomology, which is generally well covered up by the patient, in particular.
Seven conferences, each dedicated to a specific matter (from the role played by the media to the roll played or that should be played by parents, covering diversity –debunking the myth that only teen girls suffer from eating disorders--, its impact on the sporting environment, its relationship with school bullying, diets and how the ailment goes unnoticed by physicians.
“What you don’t know can hurt you… you or someone you love. It is time to have this talk in communities throughout the country. We need to be educated in order to recognize the symptoms of eating disorders, which claim more lives than any other mental illness. But there is hope and help can be provided, especially through early intervention”, Lynn Grefe, President and CEO of NEDA ensured.
All those who want to participate, be informed or receive assistance can visit the NEDA webpage (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org) for more information. Various US cities, Philadelphia among them, have also joined National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, by lighting up their most emblematic buildings in green and blue (NEDA’S signature colors) during the evening of February 24.