Each year Eating Recovery Center celebrates Eating Recovery Day - a day dedicated to removing stigma, raising awareness and inspiring hope for recovery. This year, on Tuesday, May 7th, we will come together to share letters of gratitude, reflection and inspiration in celebration of this year’s theme: #MyRecoveryLetter. The day will be brought to life through events, activities, blogs, social media posts, and YOUR participation!
About the Theme #MyRecoveryLetter
Eating disorders impact many people and everyone’s journey is different. On Eating Recovery Day we are inviting sufferers, strugglers, recoverees and their family and friends to write a #MyRecoveryLetter to who or what helped them so we can honor the big moments as well as the small ones along the way.
We’ve already received these beautiful messages of hope and gratitude to share with you:
- “Dear courage, you gave me strength to do what seemed impossible.” ~Former eating disorder patient
- “Dear bulky sweater, I love you because you kept me warm and gave me comfort.” ~Former eating disorder patient
- “Dear patient, you taught me what it means to be brave.” ~Therapist
- “Dear son, I love you and can see what an amazing life lies ahead of you, even if you cannot see it right now.” ~Parent
Please join us in celebrating that full and lasting recovery is possible by writing your own letter to whomever and whatever you wish to acknowledge!
If you have questions, need support or have media inquiries, you can reach out to the Eating Recovery Day team at: EatingRecoveryDay@EatingRecovery.com.
How to Get Involved
Download our online toolkit to help raise awareness in your community
We’ll provide you everything you need to further the mission of awareness and hope in your community, including a printable infographics and social images to share.
Write your own #MyRecoveryLetter
Write a letter to yourself, your ED, a loved one and more. Then you can download it as a PDF, add it to our #MyRecoveryLetter library for others to read or share it on social media.
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during Eating Recovery Day to take part in all the celebrations.
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We have more surprises in store for you, including a way to have your personal letter turned into a beautiful piece of artwork!
The Mission of Eating Recovery Day
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and more than 30 million people suffer from eating disorders in the United States alone. ERC will spread a much-needed positive message of hope to patients, families and communities that recovery is possible — and worth it. Everyone is encouraged to join the conversation by sharing your letter on social media using #myrecoveryletter @eatingrecovery. Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where you’ll learn how you can help spread awareness and celebrate recovery.
"Eating disorders can impact anyone – men and women, young and old and all economic classes and races. Despite the high mortality rate, there is still a stigma and many people avoid seeking treatment and are unaware of how serious and life-altering eating disorders can be," said Ken Weiner, MD, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Eating Recovery Center. "To make an impactful change, it is imperative to build awareness and create better understanding that recovery is possible through proper treatment."
Eating disorders have a wide-reaching impact, threatening a person's health, well-being, joy, confidence and overall quality of life. Eating disorders also affect the lives of families and friends. ERC's mission is to provide the very best care to patients, families and referral sources in the treatment of and recovery from serious eating and related disorders. With the celebration of Eating Recovery Day, ERC's goal is to encourage people around the country to start conversations about eating disorders and available treatment options to empower patients and their families to take the first step toward overcoming the illness and truly recovering their lives.