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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Posted in Eating Disorders on February 26, 2011 by Melissa Henry

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, so what better time to ask yourself “what can I do?”

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has been working for 10 years to prevent eating disorders and reduce stigma around an illness that takes more lives every year than any other mental illness. This week NEDA is asking for everyone to: “do just one thing to help raise awareness and provide accurate information about eating disorders.” They have a great list of things you can do, big and small, to help. Visit their National Eating Disorders Awareness Week page for more information.

If you’ve been following my Twitter feed, you may have seen some of the amazing things people have been doing this week. Here’s a quick recap…

Dena and Sonja have been knockin’ it out of the park with their documentary film, No Numbers: Identity Beyond Measure. I haven’t seen the film yet as Canadians seem to have all the great ideas, and I’m a bit south, but they have some great stuff on their blog that focuses on recovery and optimism, rather than numbers. And, as if that wasn’t enough, Dena Ashbaugh was named Inspiring Woman of the Month by author, blogger and speaker, Andrea Roe. For the entire story visit Andrea’s site: You Are Not Alone.

From the No Numbers Blog I linked to the National Eating Disorders Information Centre who has launched a campaign aimed at the fashion and marketing industries. “Cast responsibly. Retouch minimally.” See their eye-opening video and if you like what they have to say, sign their petition.

Jenni Schaefer, author of Life without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, chimes in on awareness week at

If you haven’t checked her out yet, click over to Lori Lieberman’s blog, a registered dietician with some great insights.

In honor of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Caitlin has been posting survivor stories over at Operation Beautiful.

Don’t miss Beth’s story over on her blog To The Fullest.

If you’d like to share your story, please see my website for details:

Now just a few thoughts from me…

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, there is hope and there is help. It doesn’t always need to be some grand gesture or intervention, sometimes it’s just saying, “I’m here if you need to talk.” When I was struggling, I was fortunate enough to have someone in my life who said those words, and said them often. Without judgement or agenda, she allowed me the space to talk even when it was about everything but the eating disorder. Simply offering that kind of unconditional support can go a long way.

If you are working in recovery now, practice some self-care this week because the road in long but it’s worth it. You just don’t know how much it’s worth it yet. When I was in that place, I hated those words and practically growled at the people spouting them. Now I believe them; I apologize for the growling. So if you’re not there yet, at least allow yourself to believe in the possibility that they’re true.

For more information on eating disorders you can visit NEDA or call their information and referral helpline at 1-800-931-2237.

Take time to take care of yourself this week.




Next week we return to our regularly scheduled program:

Day Zero: What I had to decided before I started writing…

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