"It's Time to Talk About It!"
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Awareness Week is February 26th through March 4th, 2017. The goal of this campaign is to educate, spread a message of hope, and disseminate resources to help individuals affected by eating disorders. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses if not recognized and treated appropriately. People with eating disorders become obsessed with food, body image, and weight. At least 30 million people of all ages and genders have an eating disorder in the United States. Every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result of an eating disorder; these disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Eating disorders can develop as early as elementary school and more often during adolescence and early adulthood than in older ages.
Educators play an important role in detecting eating problems at early stages and can serve as positive influences to modify risky behaviors associated with eating disorders. In order to provide appropriate support for students with eating disorders, teachers should have access to educational information and materials. NEDA created a series of toolkits for parents, educators, and coaches to provide accurate information to facilitate support for individuals affected by eating disorders. People with eating disorders can achieve a full and long-term recovery if treated at early stages.