How to Get Involved in NEDA Week 2020 with ERC
Did you know that more than 30 million people in the U.S. will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life? More than 20 million women and 10 million men will face the challenges that comes from anorexia, binge eating, bulimia or another disorder that will affect their mental and physical health.
The stigma around eating disorders can cause many people to hide or deny their condition. In fact, over 70% of those with an eating disorder will not seek treatment because of that stigma, misconceptions about treatment, a lack of education, no access to care or a misdiagnosis.
At Eating Recovery Center, our goal is to educate those who are suffering from an eating disorder and their loved ones, along with provide resources that can guide them toward recovery. That’s why we are honored to participate in the National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) Week that takes place every year. On February 24, a week full of inspirational stories, education and community support will kick off all around the nation.
This year’s NEDA Week theme is “Come as you are: Hindsight is 20/20.” What does this mean to ERC? No matter where you’re at in your recovery journey, looking back on what you’ve accomplished and what challenged you in the past year can help you move forward and set new goals for the year ahead.
Whether you are struggling with an eating disorder, you have in the past, or someone you love is affected by an eating disorder, here’s how you can get involved in NEDA Week 2020.
Attend a Walk in Your City
An eating disorder can often make someone feel like they are all alone. But especially during NEDA Week, it becomes clear that there is a huge community of people who have more in common than one might think. From all walks of life and stages of recovery, thousands of people show up to a NEDA Walk to support one another and help break the stigma about eating disorders and mental health.
Throughout the year, NEDA will be hosting different events scattered across the U.S. These walks might take place during NEDA Week or later in the year. Find a NEDA event near you.
Support Your Loved Ones
Do you know someone struggling with an eating disorder? Remember: 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder, which means you are likely to know someone in your family, friend circle or in a close community. Support the people you love by writing them a note of encouragement, participating in a NEDA Walk with them, or by simply showing up when they need someone to stand with them.
Share Your Story with Say It Brave
Say It Brave is an Eating Recovery Center community that supports mental wellness and honors the courage it takes to “own your story.” Say It Brave community members from all over the nation contribute their stories to inspire others while also going through recovery themselves.
Do you want to share your story? We’d love to hear it. Get involved with Say It Brave.
Get Involved on Social Media
Whether you’re attending a NEDA Walk or supporting those who are from afar, there are plenty of ways to join the conversation and still get involved! Share your story of recovery with us on social media, or encourage our followers with some words of wisdom.
Tag @EatingRecovery on Instagram or Facebook, and use the hashtag #ERCNEDAWeek.
Happy NEDA Week from your support team at Eating Recovery Center!