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NEDAwareness Week 2017 had a great turnout! This year, 68 colleges and universities signed on as official partners and many more hosted events and posted to social media. Around the country, students, faculty, and staff shared the online screening tool, organized panel discussions, and provided information and resources to their communities.  

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Fitness and fad diet challenges be damned! Here are five challenges that will actually make you feel good about who you are. 

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The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) thanks singer-songwriter Kesha for sharing her powerful story of recovery and lending her voice to the cause! We know that Kesha’s words will inspire others to seek the help they deserve.

Although 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives, these potentially-deadly mental illnesses continue to be shrouded in secrecy and shame. 

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Pressure to conform to the ultra-thin beauty ideal promoted by the fashion industry hurts not only models, but consumers as well. Ahead of New York Fashion Week, NEDA teamed up with researchers, the Model Alliance, and nearly 100 leading models and industry professionals – including Iskra Lawrence, Jennie Runk, Sabina Karlsson, and Geena Rocero – to call on the fashion industry to put health first.

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Most eating disorder sufferers would agree that even once recovery begins, the act of being around food can still be especially distressing. The treatment and recovery process becomes even more difficult when others assume that because you’re eating and cooking now, then everything is okay. The truth is that recovery is a lifelong journey, and circumstances will change periodically.

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When my daughter became sick with a serious eating disorder eight years ago, I found few local resources and limited treatment options. Insurance denied my daughter treatment randomly and often. When we were denied coverage for treatment, I became outraged and she became sicker. I remember thinking, “Is this legal?” Sadly, I learned that while not exactly legal, enough loopholes existed in the system to make denial of treatment possible. Here we were dealing with the most serious, complex, and fatal of all mental illnesses, yet we were unable to get our daughter care.

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You’re waiting in line at the supermarket check-out when you’re greeted by the glossy, airbrushed, Photoshopped likeness of your favorite celebrity. Those tanned, lean legs and those sculpted cheekbones staring back at you seem to burrow into your soul. You begin to second-guess the items in your shopping basket as thoughts of food and body image trample through your headspace.

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