Despite the widespread incidence and prevalence of eating disorders, much work remains to increase awareness and improve the public’s understanding about eating disorders—for clinical and medical professionals as well as sufferers and their families.
Eating disorder education is the cornerstone of the Eating Recovery Foundation’s work. By working in the community to spread awareness and providing easy online access to information, our goal is to support outreach initiatives that have a positive impact and can even prevent eating disorders.
The Body Project
90 percent of people who have an ED are between 18 and 25. One in four students on a college campus has an eating disorder. Without the proper information about anorexia, bulimia and binge eating and without the tools to combat them, students may become very sick. Without treatment, up to 20 percent of eating disorder sufferers with chronic eating disorders will die.
The Body Project is out to change that by promoting positive body image and acceptance on college campuses across North America. This one-of-a-kind, evidence-based training program trains student peer leaders, faculty and staff to implement the Body Project campus-wide for many years to come.
“I see students who are really struggling with body image issues. They’re often away from home for the first time, they’re on campus on their own,” explains Casey Tallent, ERC’s National Collegiate Outreach Director. “Academics and college [for students] are incredibly stressful. They’re under severe amounts of stress.”
The Eating Recovery Foundation recognizes that stress can alter perceptions and impact behaviors. Through the Body Project, college students receive training about how to talk about body image issues and eating disorders so that they can then have peer-to-peer conversations with their classmates.
“The evidence-based prevention efforts are the best thing we have to offer,” adds Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, Chief Clinical Officer for Eating Recovery Center. “It’s the critical time to intervene before the illness has cemented itself.”
How can you help?
Since its inception, the Foundation has brought this innovative program to over 50 college campuses across North America.
We invite you to help the Foundaion expand the Body Project to even more college campuses across the country. From your Alma Mater to an area university or college, you can support lasting change and recovery in the community.
Eating Disorders Information Gateway
The Eating Recovery Foundation is proud to sponsor the Eating Disorders Information Gateway, the leading complimentary comprehensive catalog of go-to eating disorders information with access for all, including patients and families, researchers and clinicians, to advance the understanding of eating disorders. To date, Gateway contain over 21,000 indexed resources and it’s constantly expanding and frequently updated.
“While there’s much we don’t know about eating disorders, there’s much that we do know, as well,” comments Millie Plotkin, MLS, Informationist for Eating Recovery Center. “We want to ensure as many people as possible have access to the excellent research, statistics and studies that currently exist. Our Information Gateway is an exhaustive catalog of information that is available for free to anyone who would like to further their understanding of eating disorders.”
Click here to visit the Information Gateway.