National Eating Disorders Association

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.

NEDA’s Junior Board is made up of nine passionate individuals who are dedicated to making strides in the fight against eating disorders. These individuals have pledged to assist the work of NEDA as both advocates and fundraisers. Their major fundraising event of the year, called Striking Out Eating Disorders, was held June 5th in New York City at Frames Bowling Lounge.

Mia is a lot like any high school student, but after hearing an unpleasant remark about her body, she resorts to dangerous extremes that begin to worry her classmates. She starts crash-dieting and over-exercising. She develops a dangerous eating disorder.

Weight-loss diet scams are “a crisis in consumer protection,” said Senator Claire McCaskill in a Congressional hearing this week on false advertising. The Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance, led by McCaskill, convened the hearing to “examine the deceptive advertising and marketing practices of weight-loss products and their effects on American consumers.”

The New York State Senate and Assembly have passed S2530/A5294, legislation that amends the public health law to establish the Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention Program within the New York State Department of Health.

Last night, NEDA’s President & CEO, Lynn Grefe, was honored by Women’s e-News (WeNews) as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. Lynn was specifically recognized among the 21 leaders as one of the Seven Who Speak Across our Generations – leaders who are dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls.