This year’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is happening between 26th February and 4th March, and the event aims to raise awareness about the various eating disorders that exist and the symptoms that sufferers exhibit.
EDAW is held on an international scale every year, and it has a number of objectives in mind. Firstly, it acts to show support to sufferers of eating disorders and their friends and families. Secondly, it highlights the issues and raises awareness. It also aims to engage media attention and to lobby government in a bid to increase awareness and secure funding to support sufferers and to demonstrate the need for compassion for those affected.
In past years, themes have included the nature of eating disorders at work and strategies for identifying and managing them, self-esteem issues as a root cause of eating disorders and the importance of providing good GP education to ensure health practitioners are able to identify and help treat those suffering from eating disorders. The organisation Beat Eating Disorders has delivered petitions, liaised with media outlets, spoken to parliament and run surveys during the week.
Another key outcome of the awareness week is to raise vital funds to support affected individuals and to ensure that support and treatment programmes can be made accessible to all who need it.
How to Get Involved in Eating Disorders Awareness Week
There are various ways that you can get involved in the event. Firstly, you can fundraise or donate towards a charity that is supporting EDAW. Secondly, you can sign petitions, take part in awareness surveys or even engage with posts and discussions on social media. There are also resources available to stimulate discussions with schools, groups and amongst families to encourage debate and awareness-sharing. The ultimate aim of Eating Disorders Awareness Week is to encourage people to talk about the issues and to tackle the stigma that still exists around conditions such as anorexia, bulimia and even orthorexia.
Further Sources of Help…
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