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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

By ResidenceLifeAssistant 08 Feb 2024

What is Eating Disorders Awareness week?

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a week-long effort to talk about eating problems like anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating. It's important to spot these issues early and get treatment.

 This week gives people a chance to share their stories, educate others and help those who are struggling.

When is Eating Disorders Awareness Week happens?

Eating Disorders Awareness Week usually happens in the last week of February. This year, in 2024, it will be from February 28th to March 5th. It's a special time when people do things and start projects to help others learn about and get support for eating disorders.

How to get involved?

Getting involved with Eating Disorders Awareness Week can be a meaningful way to raise awareness, educate others and show support for those affected by eating disorders.

Here are some ways individuals can participate:

1. Take the time to learn about eating disorders, their causes, symptoms, and treatment options. Understanding the complexities of these disorders is crucial for effective awareness efforts.

2. Use social media platforms to share informative posts, articles, infographics, and resources about eating disorders. Use hashtags like #EDAW, #EatingDisorderAwareness and #NEDAwareness to reach a wider audience.

3. Plan and host events such as workshops, panel discussions, film screenings, or community forums to educate others about eating disorders. Invite experts, survivors and advocates to share their experiences and insights.

4. Initiate conversations with friends, family, and colleagues about eating disorders. Discuss the importance of early intervention, destigmatisation and seeking help for those struggling with these illnesses.

5. Purple is the official color of Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Encourage others to wear purple clothing or accessories as a symbol of solidarity and support for individuals affected by eating disorders.

6. Encourage body positivity and self-acceptance by challenging unrealistic beauty standards and promoting diverse representations of beauty in media and advertising.

7. Be a supportive and non-judgmental listener for those who may be struggling with eating disorders. Offer empathy, understanding, and encouragement and help them connect with professional help if needed.

By taking action during Eating Disorders Awareness Week and beyond, individuals can contribute to reducing stigma, promoting early intervention and supporting recovery for those affected by eating disorders.

Hashtags to use:

When engaging in Eating Disorders Awareness Week and expressing your support on social media, consider utilising event hashtags to connect with fellow advocates:



Incorporating these hashtags enables you to participate in valuable discussions, exchange resources and demonstrate solidarity with those impacted by eating disorders.

Charities that provide support and education for individuals affected by eating disorders:

1. National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA):

NEDA offers support, resources and advocacy for individuals affected by eating disorders, as well as their families and friends.

2. Beat (UK-based):

Beat is a UK-based charity providing support, information and resources for individuals with eating disorders and their families.

3. The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness:

The Alliance offers programs, support groups and educational resources to raise awareness and provide assistance to those affected by eating disorders.

4. Project HEAL:

Project HEAL provides financial assistance, support and resources for individuals seeking treatment and recovery from eating disorders.

5. The Emily Program Foundation:

The Emily Program Foundation works to eliminate eating disorders by providing education, advocacy and access to care for individuals and communities.

6. Eating Disorders Coalition:

The Eating Disorders Coalition advocates for policy changes and increased access to treatment and support for individuals affected by eating disorders.

These organisations offer a range of services, from helplines and support groups to educational materials and advocacy initiatives. Whether you're seeking support for yourself or someone else or looking to contribute to the cause through donations or volunteering, these charities can provide valuable assistance and resources.

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