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Every 62 minutes someone dies as a direct result from suffering an eating disorder. Despite being the deadliest mental illness out there, it has the least amount of awareness, prevention, and funding.
Now that’s the bad part. But, the good part is that there are things you can easily do to create more eating disorder awareness. Here is a list of 8 ways you can effortlessly make a difference today:
Celebrate eating disorders awareness week
This week, February 25 – March 3, 2019, is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and NEDA has lots of different ways you can show your support this week at NEDA Awareness.
Learn more about eating disorders
Before you can raise more awareness about eating disorders it’s important to understand eating disorders.
One of the best resources I have found for learning what it’s like to have an eating disorder is the book Life Without ED by Jenni Schaefer. This helps you understand what it’s like to have an eating disorder in your head.
Eating Disorder Hope also has a great article with a quick overview of different types of eating disorders that you can check out at Eating Disorder Information.
Take part in eating disorder events
A great way to get involved is to participate in different eating disorder events. There are lots of webinars, awareness walks, and conferences happening all over the world.
Be open about personal struggles
It’s super difficult to be vulnerable about your eating disorder and share your experiences with people. But I promise it can be very rewarding.
Years ago, someone close to me posted about their eating disorder online and that led me to understanding that I did have an eating disorder. Then, when she posted about going treatment, I felt less ashamed to take part in treatment too and eventually did.
If you don’t have an eating disorder, then you can always share what it’s like to have a friend or family member struggle with an eating disorder. You are also not alone in your struggles as a support person.
Join a nonprofit or an eating disorder organization
There are a lot of eating disorder awareness organizations and nonprofits that you can participate in. If full on joining isn’t your thing, then just follow them on social media. Any type of support is always appreciated.
Talk to your government representatives
Eating disorders have the highest mortality of all mental illnesses combined but have the least amount of funding and awareness. By talking to your government representatives, you can help show the need for more awareness.
Take an eating disorder screening
Like it is important to periodically get screened for cancer, it’s critical to screen for eating disorder behaviors in your own life. Luckily, it is much easier than going into the doctor’s office because you can do it anytime online. Then, you can encourage others to get screened as well.
Follow different social recovery sites and blogs
It’s super hard to open up about personal struggles with an eating disorder. So, it’s very appreciated with you follow and show support for peoples’ recovery sites and blogs.
And, as always, thank you for your support of this blog and my recovery. I couldn’t do all this without you!
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