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Kids Are Talking: Mental Health in the Mirror

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2022

eating disorder awareness week

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:

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:

Hotlines

Finding Groups and Treatment in Connecticut

Social Media and Diet Culture

**this episode contains explicit language

It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 26 – March 4 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. To help spread awareness and to help our families and friends in need, we are sharing positive messages!

30 million people will experience an eating disorder in their lifetime and with enough love, support, and outreach, recovery is possible.

Anonymous self-assessments are quick, easy, and empower people with the information to act. Visit www.MyBodyScreening.org today to take a free screening!

For more information, please visit the discussion forum… Let’s Talk about it!

Long Distance Relationships

Hey everyone,

So something that i’ve been wanting to post about on here for a while is my long distance relationship. Currently, I’m home for the summer in Connecticut, while my boyfriend is staying for his aunt and uncle in Washington DC. I guess I’m just frustrated with the fact that we are so far away from each other, since Skype, FaceTime, texting, and phone calls aren’t really equal to ACTUALLY spending in-person time together. Does anyone have any experience with long distance relationships? Any advice you can offer to make the separation period easier?

Thanks y’all.