National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Passion is defined as “any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.” I am passionate about preventing, treating, and creating awareness about eating disorders. February 20th-26th is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW). It’s one week out of the year that I commit to raising awareness about the very serious reality of this debilitating disease. Eating disorders have been minimized and glamorized in the media. So this year, The National Eating Disorders Association theme for year’s NEDAW’s week is “It’s Time to Talk About It.”

“We live in a culture saturated with unrealistic body-image messages and almost all of us know somebody struggling with an eating disorder. Because this is true, we urge you to talk about it……and do just one thing during NEDAwareness Week to: 
1) raise awareness that eating disorders are serious illnesses, not lifestyle choices;
2) provide accurate information to medical, educational and/or business communities, and
3) direct people to information and resources about eating disorders.

This week I will be utilizing my blog, Facebook page, and Twitter to do my part. On Wednesday, February 23rd I will be hosting a Twitter chat for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  Please join me at 8:30 EST, using the hashtag #endED.

During the Twitter Chat we’ll be discussing six questions. I’m posting them so you have some time to think about them before the chat.

Q1 How big of a problem are eating disorders today?
Q2 what is the role of body image in eating disorders and how can we improve it
Q3 what treatment options are available?
Q4 how do you help someone you suspect has an eating disorder?
Q5 what does recovery look like?
Q6 what is one thing each of us can do to create awareness about eating disorders?