Eating Disorder Awareness Week #TalkingSavesLives
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) and we will be commemorating Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) February 1st through 7th with a host of activities to help raise awareness about this often misunderstood mental health condition.
According to a recent survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, one in two Canadians know of someone (including themselves) who has an eating disorder. Yet, one in three Canadians admit that they wouldn’t be able to recognize the signs of an eating disorder in a friend or family member. Forty percent mistakenly believe that eating disorders are a choice. Clearly, after 30 years, we still have a lot of work to do.
The theme for EDAW 2015 is “Talking Saves 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.
From Nanaimo, B.C. to Fredricton, New Brunswick over thirty municipalities are acknowledging Eating Disorder Awareness Week with proclamations and local events. In acknowledgement and tribute, purple lights will illuminate various public venues including the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, the Peace Bridge, Toronto City Hall and the B.C. Place Stadium.
NEDIC is excited to be hosting its first ever Twitter Chat TODAY at 1:00 p.m. EST. Join the conversation @theNEDIC #TalkingSavesLives.
Professional and amateur spoken word artists will creatively express their thoughts and sentiments around beauty ideals, body image and weight preoccupation through poetry, song and rap at NEDIC’s 2ndAnnual Spoken Word event at Round in Toronto on Thursday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $10 and funds raised will go directly to support NEDIC’s national toll-free helpline 1-866-NEDIC-20.
These are only a few examples of the various activities that NEDIC will be stewarding to engage Canadians and help build awareness around eating disorders.
Join the conversation and help NEDIC dispel some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding eating disorders by coming out to support one of the EDAW events or by sharing this information and videos with your own networks.
To donate or learn more about eating disorders and NEDIC’s services, peruse our website or call 416-340-4156.