National Eating Disorder Association Walk (NEDA): Baltimore 2017
By Alex Raymond, RD, LD
It’s that time of year again when the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) organizes walks across the country, which occur in the fall and spring. Whenever a NEDA Walk comes to the DMV area, the Empowered Eating team makes it a point to sign up. And we’re gearing up for the Baltimore walk on October 29th. I wrote this blog to provide our readers with information on NEDA and to also compile some resources that are worth reading.
What are NEDA Walks?
Did you know…
- Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
- At least 30 million women and men develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives
- 50% of teen girls and 33% of teen boys use unhealthy behaviors to control their weight
These stats are listed on the NEDA website.
NEDA’s mission is to support individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. NEDA believes that full recovery is possible with early detection and intervention and by bringing awareness surrounding eating disorders. It is essential that those who are struggling with an eating disorder to not only have improved access to care, but also have support from the medical community to appropriately recognize and refer.
Awareness is Key
As dietitians working in the eating disorder community, part of what we do is raising awareness surrounding this illness. We have seen first hand how awareness and early intervention/treatment is key. Some other reasons we are participating are to:
- Honor our clients who fight for recovery every day
- Raise awareness
- Support for those who are in recovery, still struggling or who are afraid to reach out for help
- Show the world that there is hope for recovery
Here are some other resources you can find on our website to learn more about eating disorders and how we advocate:
The theme of this year’s NEDA Week was to “shine the spotlight on eating disorders and put life-saving resources into the hands of those in need.”
A collection of links and blogs that families may find helpful. From Empowered Eating as well as other websites.
Check out this video the dietitians at Empowered Eating and Rebecca Bitzer and Associates created for World Eating Disorder Action Day 2017
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