One Size Does NOT Fit All: #EDAW2018
Eating disorder groups across Canada to mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018 with #7billionsizes campaign
Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, classes, abilities, races, and ethnic backgrounds. As part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2018, eating disorder groups across Canada are coming together to launch a new campaign to reinforce the message that when it comes to eating disorders, ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL.
From February 1 to 7, the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) and other groups across Canada will host awareness-raising and educational activities in their communities to help dispel the myth that eating disorders are just a phase or a diet gone too far. Using the hashtags #7billionsizes and #EDAW2018 (or #SEMTA2018 in French), they will spread the message that eating disorders are serious biologically influenced mental illnesses with potentially life-threatening consequences for people across all demographics.
More than 60 municipalities across six provinces and territories will participate in Eating Disorders Awareness Week activities. Close to 40 notable landmarks will be lit in purple throughout the week to raise awareness of this important cause, including the CN Tower in Toronto, Reconciliation Bridge in Calgary, Rogers Arena in Vancouver and Watermark Theatre in North Rustico, Prince Edward Island.
“Through open and supportive dialogue, we can promote public understanding about these illnesses while also spreading hope to those affected in order to break the shame, stigma and silence that affect those living with an eating disorder,” says Kelsey Johnston, Outreach & Education Coordinator at NEDIC.
An estimated one million Canadians meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder. Those seeking support can contact the NEDIC Helpline toll-free at 1-866-633-4220 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST Monday to Thursday (until 5:00 p.m. on Friday). NEDIC also now offers an instant chat service, which can be accessed online at www.nedic.ca from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST Monday to Thursday (until 5:00 p.m. on Friday).