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 the National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED), the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Body Brave, and the Looking Glass Foundation.
For individuals seeking help and treatment options, the NEDIC helpline and instant chat is staffed Monday to Thursday 9am to 9pm and Friday 9 am to 5 pm EST. Call toll-free at 1-866-633-4220, or 416-340-4156 in Toronto. You can also reach out to our local partners across the country below for more information and support.
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:
Family Services British Columbia
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA)
Silver Linings Foundation
BridgePoint Center for Eating Disorders
Alyssa Stevenson Memorial Trust
Women’s Health Clinic (Manitoba)
Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA)
Eating Disorders of York Region (EDOYR)
Phoenix Centre for Children and Families
Anorexia and Bulimia Québec (ANEB)
Eating Disorders Nova Scotia
Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador