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I have not been an avid social media user, but recently, friends and acquaintances have brought to my attention that there are literally millions of sites that promote and encourage anorexia, (Pro-ana), bulimia (Pro-mia), and thinness (Thinspo & Thinspiration). They shared their concerns about these sites with me, knowing that my daughter, Shelby, had died from eating disorders.

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This week, CNN reported on a recent proposal that airlines charge passengers based on their body weight in order to reduce fuel cost. The proposals were conceived by economist Dr. Bharat P. Bhatta, associate professor of economics at Sogn og Fjordane University College, Norway and recently published in the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management.

Three “pay-as-you-weigh” models being suggested are calculated on total weight, including:

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On March 25, 2013, Governor Bob McDonnell signed the bill for parental education and school screenings for eating disorders into law. This marks a landmark victory in the fight against eating disorders.

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NEDAwareness Week 2013 was once again a great success in raising awareness about eating disorders and directing people to the help they need. Participation spanned the country and across the globe, reaching people with critical information and resources about these potentially life-threatening illnesses.

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Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) will join congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) as co-chair of the National Eating Disorders Awareness Caucus, the mission of which is to increase national awareness about eating disorders and support those who suffer by seeking to enhance prevention, facilitate therapeutic advances and improve access to treatment.

Cognizant of the fact that federal funding for such measures is limited in austere times, the caucus will emphasize coordination with private-sector organizations and initiatives.

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As of February 11th, the Virginia House and Senate have passed legislation for information about eating disorders to be sent to parents of all Virginia public school students. The bill also calls for the Department of Health to work with NEDA and other stakeholders to develop a plan for implementing eating disorder screenings in schools.

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We are very excited to announce that NEDAwareness Week now has its own website to make finding resources, activity guides, events and more, easier than ever! Exciting features of this website include:

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In 2013, NEDA will be working with state advocates once again on legislation aimed at adding eating disorders to the list of required school health screenings. Health screenings are required already in many states; in fact, 80% of states currently require vision and hearing screening, and 30% of states require BMI testing for students. Many states have mandatory screening in schools for scoliosis, asthma, and other conditions.

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