February 22 – February 28 marks National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The ADTA is proud to once again partner with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) to help raise awareness about the severity of eating disorders and the importance of early intervention and prevention measures. Please join the ADTA and nearly 150 other organizations partnering with NEDA in this important awareness campaign.
Key messages for #NEDAwareness 2015 are:
I Had No Idea …
Early behaviors, signs and symptoms can be disregarded and thought insignificant, when they are actually warning signs.
Eating disorders can affect ANYONE, regardless of age, gender, race or sexuality.
“Normal” dieting can lead to disordered eating and bullying is a contributing factor to eating disorder development for many people.
Why Early Intervention and Prevention Matters
Early intervention makes a significant difference in the progression and severity of the disorder and helps increase the changes of full recovery. A free, anonymous, online self assessment tool is available to help evaluate if you might need intervention and support. It is an important resource for you or someone you love to take a first step: http://www.mybodyscreening.org/
How Can I Get Involved or Raise Awareness
Educate yourself and others about the myths and realities of eating disorders.
Share #NEDAwareness resources on your social media. Facebook and Twitter banners are available for free, as are images that can be shared via Pinterest, Instagram, email, or even just printed out. You can share this handout on dance/movement therapy and eating disorders. You can share the blog posts and videos that will be published all week long on this site.
Help is Available, Recovery is Possible
If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, support is available. You are not alone. NEDA has information and resources available on their website and also via their helpline: 800-931-2237. Dance/movement therapy can be part of that recovery. You can search for a dance/movement therapist in your area that specializes in eating disorders here. There is hope. Recovery is possible.