Eating Disorder Awareness Week: February 1st – 7th, 2016: It’s closer than you think!
Dear EDAW participants and supporters:
Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) will be fast approaching on February 1st through the 7th. This year we want to promote the message that “eating disorders can and do affect anyone” and remind Canadians that talking has the potential to save lives. Because we know that through open, supportive dialogue, we can help break the shame, stigma and silence that affects nearly 1 million Canadians who are living with a diagnosed eating disorder, and the millions of others who are struggling with unhealthy food and weight preoccupation.
Since our toll-free helpline extended hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm EST) became available to Canadians from coast to coast in 2013, we have spoken with thousands of individuals, parents, friends, educators and healthcare professionals who are seeking help and information. It is through our outreach and education efforts, that we are able to support these individuals in their struggle to find hope and healing.
In support of EDAW 2016, NEDIC has a new poster. Click here to purchase this new poster today as quantities are limited. Visit our online store to check out some of the poster bundle-packs (3 posters or 6 posters) now available! We will also continue to do our part by reaching out to media and encouraging them to consider covering EDAW and doing a story that helps demystify this often misunderstood mental illness.
NEDIC is excited to be hosting a variety of awareness activities during EDAW including:
- 3rd annual Spoken Word event at the Round
- 2nd annual Twitter chat
- Community Panel (co-hosted with Sheena’s Place and National Initiative for Eating Disorders)
Please view our Events page for a full listing of upcoming events from NEDIC and other organizations.
We ask you to join in the conversation: Help us to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders in your community. If you plan to host an event, let us know and we can list your event details. Display a poster, share and encourage discussion in your community, or reach out to local media.
If you are planning an event, please list your information on our website by submitting your listing to events. We can also promote your event on social media, so please connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Every effort, however small, makes a difference. If you can’t commit to anything else this year, then please consider making a donation to NEDIC. Your donation will support NEDIC’s National Toll-Free Helpline, and our Outreach & Education programming in the community. All gifts of $20+ will receive a tax receipt.
Talking saves lives… so please help keep the conversation going.
The NEDIC Team
Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2016
To reduce the prevalence of anorexia, bulimia, binging eating and other disordered eating through a public awareness campaign that educates, informs and engages Canadians to talk about eating disorders.
- To provide information on eating disorders, dieting and weight preoccupation, addressing social factors and dispelling common myths.
- To launch a national media campaign designed to heighten awareness of EDAW and to make connections between eating disorders, body-image problems and self-esteem.
- To advocate for widespread changes in social attitudes and gender stereotyping by emphasizing an individual’s identity and personhood rather than external appearance.
- To encourage individuals with eating disorders and their families to acknowledge the problem, to encourage and direct them to appropriate resources, and to provide them with information and support.
- To educate professionals on the importance of primary and secondary prevention, and to provide professional development for educators and health care workers.
- To make governments aware of the need for additional funding for health promotion, primary prevention and treatment programs.