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I recently received the following e-mail of thanks from a father who contacted NEDA for resources and references to help his daughter. This letter was so moving and inspirational that we wanted to share it with all of you, because it is supporters and donors like YOU who make our life-saving work possible!

About ten years ago, I drove four hours from Nashville, where I lived at the time, to Atlanta, Georgia. I had no idea what to expect at the conference; I only knew one other person attending.

I was just going to be another face in the crowd. Or so I thought.

Our NYC NEDA Walk is this Sunday, October 5th, 2014! Check-in begins at 9AM, with the opening ceremonies starting at 10AM, and the walk time ending at 12PM We will be starting at Foley Square and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to prove that recovery is real! We hope to see you all there, and have been getting some great responses on our Twitter feed @NEDAstaff, under the hashtag, #WhyINeedAWalk.

On September 23, Governor Cuomo signed S2530/A5294 into law, legislation that amends the public health law to establish the Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention Program within the New York State Department of Health. The legislation was passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly in June 2014.

Popular fashion retailer ModCloth has decided to take a stand against unrealistic fashion advertisements.  As the first company to sign the “Truth in Advertising Heroes Pledge,” they have made a voluntary vow to no longer use overly photoshopped models on their website or in their ads. The company is also pledging to use models of all sizes and ethnicities, sell clothes in a wide variety of sizes, and listen to feedback from its customers.

Every song carries a message, and many artists have been relaying an important one: Embrace your imperfections. With this new wave of hits exploring the implications of idealized beauty, listeners are being urged to dismiss society’s demand of obtaining a “perfect’ appearance. While this definitely calls for celebration, one must wonder, what exactly sparked this outbreak of empowering anthems?

British Member of Parliament, Brooks Newmark, was just 17 when he endured anorexia nervosa. He surely knows that overcoming the disease takes not only mass amounts of support, but research to help understand the dynamics of such a crippling eating disorder. Fortunately, the newly appointed minister of the Civil Society has recently donated his blood to a study that seeks to collect 25,000 samples from those who have suffered, by 2016.

“Happy girls are the prettiest girls.” — Audrey Hepburn

Since we tend to hear the word beauty used so much nowadays, I want to share what beauty is to me. I wrote an acronym for B.E.A.U.T.Y which stands for “Being Eternal Always Unique Truly Yourself.”

In today’s society, there is a plethora of diets and health fads that take the media by storm. Some are short-lived like the Atkins Diet, while others stick around like gum on a telephone pole. But all-to-often the diets in the media focus on avoiding or restricting certain foods or engaging in behaviors that we cannot maintain long-term. Even more confusing, popular diets and trends can contradict one another, and we bounce around like ping pong balls trying one fad and then another.

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