Were you aware that 10 million women and 1 million men in the United States are currently battling serious eating disorders? And because so many people are secretive about their eating disorders, there may be even more cases that are not even reported. As the media continue to push unrealistic standards of beauty, these numbers will only increase.
While we may not have control over what the media tells us is beautiful, we can help decrease the prevalence of eating disorders by spreading awareness. This year, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week takes place February 26 – March 3, 2012. The theme chosen for 2012 is “Everybody Knows Somebody” because, each year, awareness regarding eating disorders continues to grow. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), in 2011, people from all 50 states and 29 foreign countries participated in National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year, will you help NEDA continue to spread the word?
There are so many different ways to pitch in — from Liking the NEDA’s Facebook Page to organizing your own Eating Disorders Walk — so it’s easy to get involved. And, if you need help gaining support, there are even National Eating Disorder Awareness Week giveaways that you can distribute to members of your community.
With your help, we can prevent young men and women from succumbing to this awful and potentially deadly illness. Let’s work together in spreading awareness about eating disorders!