National Eating Disorders Association

NEDAwareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is Here!

NEDA Staff

Special thanks to NEDAwareness Week sponsor Veritas Collaborative for sponsoring this blog post.

We’re so excited to kick off this week and share our theme: Come As You Are. For us, Come as You Are highlights NEDA’s movement towards inclusivity in the greater eating disorder community and our goal of unifying the field of eating disorders. In particular, Come as You Are sends a message to individuals at all stages of body acceptance and eating disorders recovery that their stories are valid. We invite everyone, especially those whose stories have not been widely recognized, to have the opportunity to speak out, share their experiences, and connect with others.

How Can You Be Involved?

Great question! There are several action items NEDA is hoping you’ll take part in during NEDAwareness Week. Here’s the rundown:

  1. Take the Body Acceptance Challenge. Diet culture and weight stigma are dangerous and can increase the risk of body dissatisfaction, a leading risk factor in the development of eating disorders. By signing onto this challenge, you are joining a movement of change makers dedicated to confronting toxic pressures and accepting ALL bodies. Are you in? Sign here!
  2. Get Screened. If you have concerns that you might need help for eating or body image concerns, take a first step to getting help. You can take our screening here.
  3. #ComeAsYouAre on Instagram. Starting right now, one exciting way you can help spread our message is to participate in the #ComeAsYouAre on Instagram campaign. #ComeAsYouAre on Instagram is an easy and fun way to help us start a conversation about what things we can be proud to share. Read more here.
  4. Advocate for Legislation. Help us gain LIVE Well Act cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives. The LIVE Well Act would make eating disorders prevention grants available to schools and community based organizations across the country through the United States Department of Agriculture. Click here to learn more and send a message to your Member of Congress.
  5. Become a Collaborator. NEDAwareness Week is a collective effort of professionals, health care providers, students, educators, organizations, and individuals committed to raising awareness of eating disorders. Collaborators share resources with their communities and engage in the #NEDAwareness social media campaign. Sign up to be a collaborator here.

Thank you for helping us spread our Come as You Are message this NEDAwareness Week! For more ways you can participate, including ideas for posting on social media, feel free to visit our NEDAwareness page

The most important way for you to participate is to embrace our message of Come as You Are, not how you think you should be!

Don’t forget to tag us on social media using #NEDAwareness and #ComeAsYouAre.

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