We wanted to pass information along to our readers about Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which is recognized this year from 02/26/2018 through 03/04/2018.
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website provides helpful information on a number of topics. Did you know that an estimated “20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives?” More than half of teenage girls and nearly a third of teenage boys are trying to lose weight. It’s not uncommon for them to attempt unhealthy weight-control measures, including skipping meals, fasting, smoking, vomiting or using laxatives.
For those who want to learn more about the topic of eating disorders, NEDA has developed different toolkits specifically for parents, educators and even athletic trainers/coaches. One interesting fact we learned from the NEDA website is the link between substance abuse and eating disorders:
In addition to information about common myths, free downloadable brochures, and videos (including common warning sign/symptoms and how to help a loved one), NEDA provides a free online screening tool for those aged 13 and up. If you are need of additional support, NEDA also offers a toll-free, confidential helpline Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at 1-800-931-2237.