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The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and The Model Alliance (MA), a non-profit dedicated to improving working conditions in the American fashion industry, co-hosted the panel event, Inside The Modeling Industry: A Conversation About Health & Beauty In Fashion at Pace University for 2013 NEDAwareness Week. MA founder, Sara Ziff, moderated the panel discussion which featured models Crystal Renn, Katharine Schuette and Amy Lemons, modeling agent Chris Gay, eating disorder specialist Dr.

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.

On February 7, 2013, I had the opportunity to speak with a number of amazing speakers at the Norfolk Virginia Naval Station on the serious topic of raising awareness of eating disorders. The turnout was tremendous, the participation was excellent, and the question and answer session at the end was meaningful for all who attended. Not really knowing what to expect or what kind of response we would get from a room full of primarily enlisted Naval seamen/women and a few officers, I could not have felt more supported and blessed to be in Norfolk that day.

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.

Reaching out for help.

It’s so hard.

After all, you’re not that sick. You’re still functioning and there are many women and men who are so much sicker and need so much more help.

You still have it under control, right?

I mean, you’re eating. A bit. You’re hydrating yourself. A bit. But what you’re doing is not that serious. You can always stop, but you want this, don’t you?

More Than 90% of Every Dollar Raised in Major Gift Campaign Will Support Clinical Research and Training

As we kick off National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2013, we are excited to announce the release of the Collegiate Survey Project, Eating Disorders on the College Campus: A National Survey of Programs and Resources. The study was launched in response to the volume of requests NEDA receives for information about eating disorder-related services on campuses, as the rate of eating disorders among college students has risen to 10 to 20 percent of women and four to 10 percent of men.

NEDA is very excited to announce that we have partnered with Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) to launch www.MyBodyScreening.org, a website where people can take a free, anonymous self-assessment to gauge their risk of an eating disorder.

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.

So often, it is difficult to bridge the gap between the research community and families that are affected by eating disorders, as many families aren’t getting the information they need to make informed decisions about treatment options. With that in mind, NEDA is beginning a series of blog entries on eating disorders research. It is our hope that these updates will bring new information to families from the academic research community.

I will try and focus on “what’s new and what’s true” with a minimum of professional jargon.

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