Eating Recovery Day
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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 1st, 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:

How to Get Involved

  1. If you missed the opportunity to get an Eating Recovery Day Kit to raise awareness in your community, you can still get an online toolkit to help raise awareness!
    We’ll provide you everything you need to further the mission of awareness and hope in your community! We’ll send you enough materials to share with 10 of your friends and family

    • Helpful fill-in-the-blank letter writing materials
    • Mandala notecards and pens for writing recovery letters
    • Educational brochure with eating disorder information and how to help a friend
    • Eating Recovery Day stickers
    • Ideas for using your Recovery Kit and encouraging friends and family to get involved in Eating Recovery Day

    Click here to see the online toolkit.

  2. Join us for a Facebook Live
    We are partnering with Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent, and NEDA in a Facebook Live event about “Keeping the Hope & Celebrating Recovery” on Monday, April 30th at 7:30pm ET. Mark your calendars!

  3. Follow us on social media
    Join us on Facebook and Instagram during Eating Recovery Day to take part in all the celebrations.

  4. Check back here
    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

Increase Awareness

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.

Remove Stigma

"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."

Inspire Hope

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.

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