February is the month designated by the United States, United Kingdom and Canada to focus on raising awareness about eating disorders. This year the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has chosen the theme “It’s Time to Talk about It” for their NEDAwareness Week 2011, February 20-26.
How NEDAwareness Week Works
This year, NEDA asked everyone to do just one thing to help raise awareness and provide accurate information about eating disorders. NEDAwareness Week participants can choose from a huge range of ways to contribute: Distribute info pamphlets and put up posters, write one letter for Media Watchdogs, register as a Volunteer Speaker or host a Volunteer Speaker, post information on Facebook or arrange interactive and educational activities such as a meditation and yoga event, panel discussions, fashion shows, body fairs, movie screenings, art exhibits and more. As an official NEDAwareness Week participant you can be involved in any way that works with your schedule, resources, community, and interests. These events and activities attract public media attention – on local, national and international levels.
Some local colleagues and I will be participating in a community outreach event. Stay tuned for the details!
Dr. Deb has a thought provoking mini quiz and eating disorder information over at her site. Very worth checking out! You may also be interested in some of my earlier posts relevant to this topic:
Eating Attitudes Test: Do You Have an Eating Disorder? (this article includes a screening test to help you evaluate possible eating disorder symptoms).