National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 22-28. The goal is to raise awareness of eating disorders by educating the public. We are highlighting this important issue by sharing resources and stories of hope.
Eating disorders affect people of all ages, sizes, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds. There are many reasons why someone might develop a complicated relationship with food. For some, controlling food and their body is a way to cope with trauma or shame. For others, striving for a “healthy” ideal becomes harmful and all-consuming. There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about eating disorders. This can lead to judgment, disconnection, and difficulty accessing care.
Eating disorder treatment and recovery communities advocate for a more inclusive world. They seek a cultural shift where all bodies are welcome – regardless of size, skin color, gender, age, or ability. They promote accurate information about health and body size. They challenge the belief that certain bodies are more desirable than others. They spotlight the harm caused by a diet culture that equates weight with status. They believe unconditionally that every body has value and every body has a seat at the table.
Liberation from an eating disorder is possible. Resources are available for those who are struggling with food and the people who care about them. Accurate information, support, and treatment are key elements of recovery.
Check out a selection of titles in honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
Learn more about eating disorders from these trusted sources:
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
- Hearing Our Own Voice with Melissa Toler
- Food Psych with Christy Harrison
- Disability Visibility Project