National Eating Disorders Association

Legislative Victory in New York!

Kerry Dolan, STAR Program Manager

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.

This is a major victory for the early intervention and prevention of eating disorders in New York, as this program will promote available resources and services to those who are suffering from eating disorders. It will also help increase awareness about the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, which could ultimately save lives. Early detection is key to recovery from an eating disorder, and having this information readily available can make a world of a difference for families and individuals struggling with these devastating illnesses.

NEDA thanks bill sponsors Senator Kemp Hannon and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther for their leadership and commitment to standing up for families and individuals affected by eating disorders.

Commented Lynn Grefe, president and CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association, “We are thrilled that the New York State Legislature has taken action to establish an eating disorders awareness and prevention program in the state. This program is a big step forward in addressing eating disorders in New York and it is our hope that we can continue to build on these efforts for the prevention of eating disorders across the state.”

NEDA also sends a special thanks to all the dedicated advocates across the state who called and wrote to their legislators requesting their support of this legislation! We could not have done this without your efforts!

We are hopeful that Governor Cuomo will soon sign the bill into law. Click here to tell Governor Cuomo why this bill is so important!