This year, Eating Disorder Awareness Week starts on February 21. This year’s NEDAwareness Week will center around the theme, “See the Change, Be the Change.” This means that the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) will spend the week acknowledging the evolution of the eating disorders field (#SeeTheChange), as well as encouraging people to engage in advocacy and raise awareness of eating disorders in their communities (#BeTheChange).
As someone who has personally struggled with an eating disorder and also as someone who has watched people close to me battle eating disorders, this is something that is really important to me. While most of us are aware that eating disorders exist, I feel that many people do not quite grasp how they affect the people who struggle with them as well as their loved ones. Eating disorders can literally be life-threatening, it’s about more than just being skinny. On the other end of the spectrum, there are people who think that only skinny people have eating disorders and that’s just not true either.
If you are someone who has struggled with an eating disorder, I encourage you to share your story. Below you can find stories that other young people have shared about their struggles with eating disorders:
- My Struggle With Anorexia and Disordered Eating
- Ana – Bulimia: The Never Ending Cycle
- Shenan’s Story on Overcoming Eating Disorder
- Social Media and Diet Culture
If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, just know that you are not alone and that there is help out there. Below are some resources that might help you if you’re struggling with an eating disorder:
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: 1-630-577-1330
- National Eating Disorders Association Helpline: 1-800-931-2237
- Overeaters Anonymous: 1-505-891-2664
- Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association: 1-617-558-1881
- Bulimia and Self-Help Hotline: 1-314-588-1683
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