Eating Disorders affect people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, socioeconomic class, abilities, races, and ethnic backgrounds. That is why, from February 1st to 7th every year, Eating Disorder groups across Canada unite to commemorate Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) with a national week of action focused on educating the public about Eating Disorders.
It is a time to escalate awareness of the impact of Eating Disorders, the dangerous stereotypes and myths, and the supports available for people living with or affected by them.
EDAW is a collective effort, from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Organizations around the country are set to host local events, light notable landmarks in the colour purple, and engage in public education campaigns.
The content below was created collaboratively in partnership with Body Brave, Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA), and the National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED), who together, with NEDIC, formed this year's national EDAW organizing committee.
We have compiled a list of events happening during EDAW across the country, from coast-to-coast. Click the link below to find out about event information near you!
This year's social media messaging was informed by research on the various barriers and strategies people can face when trying to receive support for their eating disorder. Click the link below to learn more, access our tip-sheet, and download images to share on social media.
Last year, thousands of people across the country kicked off the #showusyourpurple campaign to raise awareness about eating disorders. It turned into a global sensation, with people around the world participating on World Eating Disorders Action Day on June 2nd. Find out about this year's campaign at the link below:
For individuals seeking help and treatment options, the NEDIC helpline and instant chat is staffed Monday to Thursday, 9:00am to 9:00pm and Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm EST. Call toll-free at 1-866-633-4220, or 416-340-4156 in Toronto.
This work would not be possible without the support of our partners around the country. Please visit their websites to find more information and local support:
Alyssa Stevenson Memorial Trust - Manitoba
Anorexia and Bulimia Québec (ANEB) - Québec
BridgePoint Center for Eating Disorders - Saskatchewan
Danielle's Place - Ontario
Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador - Newfoundland and Labrador
Eating Disorders Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia
Eating Disorders of York Region (EDOYR) - Ontario
Family Services British Columbia - British Columbia
F.E.A.S.T. - Global
Hopewell - Ontario
Jessie's Legacy - British Columbia
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre - British Columbia
Looking Glass Foundation - British Columbia
Sheena’s Place - Ontario
Silver Linings Foundation - Alberta
WaterStone Foundation - Ontario
Women’s Health Clinic - Manitoba