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Keanu Reeves and castmates raise awareness of eating disorders in PSA for first-ever World Eating Disorders Action Day

May 31,2016 (Toronto, ON) – In support of World Eating Disorders Action Day on June 2, Keanu Reeves and other cast members of an upcoming feature film about anorexia will appear in a public service announcement (PSA) that dispels myths about eating disorders.

The 90-second spot features Reeves and other actors from the soon-to-be-released drama, To The Bone, reciting the nine truths of eating disorders, including the fact that eating disorders are serious, biologically influenced illnesses — not personal choices.

May 6th is International No Diet Day (INDD)

twitter chat at 3pm on may 6

International No Diet Day is an annual celebration of body acceptance, fat acceptance and body diversity.

To celebrate INDD, NEDIC will be hosting a Twitter chat on Friday, May 6th at 3PM EST. The focus of the chat will be to challenge the myths and address the dangers of dieting!

Join the conversation by using the hashtag #NoDietDay. 

EDAW 2016 is February 1-7!

Mark your calendars: EDAW 2016 is February 1st through 7th, and NEDIC is very excited to bring you a variety of awareness activities. 

Join us for: 

  • 2nd annual Twitter Chat
  • Community Panel (co-hosted with Sheena’s Place and National Initiative for Eating Disorders)
  • 3rd annual Spoken Word event at the Round (152 Augusta Avenue, Toronto)

Stay tuned for more details about these events!

This EDAW, join us as we work to raise awareness. If you are hosting an EDAW event, let us know so we can help you to promote it.

Talking saves lives…so please help keep the conversation going. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

Happy Holidays from NEDIC!

As 2015 comes to a close and the holidays approach, we know that this time of year can be challenging for people affected by eating disorders.

This year, the NEDIC Helpline will be open over the holidays at the following times:

Thursday December 24: open until 1pm EST
Friday December 25 & Monday December 28: Closed
Tuesday December 29: 10am-6pm EST
Wednesday December 30: 10am-6pm EST
Thursday December 31: 10am-2pm EST
Friday January 1: Closed

EDAW 2016 is February 1-7!

Join NEDIC and organizations across Canada as we observe Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016. This year, EDAW will run from February 1st to 7th. 

Stay tuned closer to the date as NEDIC will be sharing news on events planned across the country, landmarks that will be lit up to observe EDAW, and municipalities that will be proclaiming EDAW. 

Candice Sand for NEDIC on Global News!

Candice Sand will be performing at NEDIC's annual fundraiser, A Taste for Life, on May 28th. Here she is on Global Toronto's News at Noon on Monday May 25th to talk about her history with eating disorders, how NEDIC helped her, and the fundraiser!

#BodyEquity2015: Interesting.Informative. Engaging. Relevant.

NEDIC hosted their fifth biennial conference, Body Equity: Self-Esteem in the Balance, on April 16th and 17th. The 2-day program offered a rich and diverse line-up of speakers who shared their latest research and real world experiences with eager clinicians, dietitians, educators, health care practitioners, students and parents from as far away as British Columbia and Newfoundland, Northwest Territories and Washington.

Read the key takeaways here! 

NEDIC on CTV News for EDAW 2015!

Marbella Carlos, Outreach and Education Coordinator at NEDIC was interviewed on CTV News as part of a segment on Eating Disorders for EDAW 2015. 

Watch the clip here

A hidden problem: Shedding light on male eating disorders Staff
Published Monday, January 26, 2015 9:00AM EST

Eating disorders are commonly associated with women, but research is shedding light on men's struggles with disorders including binge eating, bulimia and anorexia.

Recent studies suggest that 25 per cent of eating disorder cases occur in young boys and men, with rates of binge eating being about equal in both men and women. 

After binge eating, bulimia nervosa is the most common eating disorder among men, followed by anorexia nervosa.
Jay Walker and Deborah Berlin-Romalis speak to CTV's Canada AM about male eating disorders, Jan. 26, 2015.

Watch the video

Eating Disorders are a scourge in need of a strategy

Andre PicardEating disorders are the single most deadly mental illness: Between 10 and 15 per cent of young women hospitalized for treatment of anorexia or bulimia will be dead within 10 years.

Somewhere between 600,000 and 990,000 Canadians suffer from eating disorders. Yet they remain among the most neglected and misunderstood of all health conditions.

Those are just two of the shocking findings of the parliamentary standing committee on the status of women. The committee’s new 75-page report, Eating Disorders Among Girls and Women in Canada, was much anticipated by parents and clinicians alike, who know all too well how dire the situation is.