February 23rd – March 1st, 2014 is National Eating Disorder Awareness week. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is promoting this week as an informational and educational opportunity for the public to raise awareness about how eating disorders effect many individuals, families and communities every year.
There are many people who struggle with an eating disorder and may not even realize it. There are also many types of eating disorders, each with their own description and symptoms including bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating. An eating disorder can be very serious and even life-threatening.
The NEDA is a great resource for learning more about these disorders. They have put together a great webpage with some general information about the various types of disorders, as well as how to help someone who you believe may be suffering from an eating disorder. You can find that page here.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, the NEDA offers a Help Line for those in need. From the website:
The NEDA Helpline is often an initial step for those suffering from an eating disorder or their love ones.
Trained Helpline volunteers are available Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM ET and Fridays, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET to answer your questions about seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one, finding support groups, assessing your options, and finding information and resources about eating disorders.
Check out the box on your right for available options to connect with the Helpline. You can always leave a message for the Helpline or send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if it is not currently available, and we will return your call or email promptly.