Last year, this week reached nearly 70 million people through community events, volunteer education and outreach, and online social media campaigns.
In addition, two new programs have been launched by the NEDA: Proud2Bme.org a website for teens struggling with EDs and the Loss Support Network for people who’ve lost a loved one to an ED.
According to the National Eating Disorder Association, “In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified… by age 6, girls especially start to express concerns about their own weight or shape. 40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat1”
Each day during NEDA week, Atoms and Empty Space will feature information and resources regarding EDs – what they include, ways to improve body image, treatment, the facts on weight loss supplements and the like.
Eating disorders are a mental and social health epidemic and a growing concern for individuals across every gender, age, and ethnicity. Chances are, even if we aren’t self-afflicted, we know someone affected. We can’t stand idly by while someone suffers in silence.
If a situation proves to be life threatening and/or dangerous to you, the person, or others, call 911. Otherwise, if you or a loved one needs help call the toll free, confidential Eating Disorder helpline, which operates Monday-Friday, 9-5 ET: 1-800-931-2237.