Eating Disorder Awareness Week – February 1 to 7
Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, classes, 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 spread awareness of the impact of eating disorders, the dangerous stereotypes and myths about them, and the supports available for people living with or affected by eating disorders.
Recognizing EDAW helps to affirm the experiences of those individuals living with or affected by an eating disorder, as well as the millions of Canadians that experience food and weight preoccupation on a daily basis. By helping shed light on an issue that is fraught with stigma and secrecy, we draw attention to the need to support further research, provide better treatment options and enhanced training, engage in greater prevention efforts, acknowledge the need for caregiver support, and stigma-bust in this under-resourced area. Over 1 million Canadians struggle with Eating Disorders -- almost the entire population of Saskatchewan -- and that’s why, this year, we are raising awareness about the message that Eating Disorders Cannot Afford to Wait.
In the GTA, the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is organizing a series of events that may be of interest to the community.
• At UHN: please stop by our interactive booth exhibits on Monday, February 4 from 12:00 – 4:00 at Toronto Western Hospital on the main floor outside Shoppers Drug Mart, or Tuesday, February 5 from 10:00 – 2:30 at Toronto General Hospital in the Eaton Lobby
• Also on Monday, February 4, NEDIC is part of a collaborative led by the WaterStone Foundation for Eating Disorders putting together a full-day workshop: Eating Disorders: From Detection to Treatment. Register for free here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/eating-disorders-from-detection-to-treatment...
• On Wednesday, February 6, NEDIC’s annual community art night – VoicED – is happening at the Tranzac Club near Spadina Station. You’ll hear performances by folks with lived experience in an evening of support and community. All money raised will go to support NEDIC’s national toll-free helpline and instant chat service: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/voiced-2019-tickets-53295046920
• On Thursday, February 7, NEDIC is collaborating with community partners for a panel event at Ryerson University.
Every effort, small or large, makes a difference. If you are unable to get involved this year, please consider making a donation to NEDIC. Your donation will support NEDIC's National Toll-Free Helpline as well as our community Outreach & Education programming. All gifts of $20 or more receive a tax receipt.