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Help Increase Funding for Eating Disorders Research

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Kerry Donohue, Public Policy Manager

We’re working hard to get more money allocated for eating disorders research, but we need your help.

A letter asking for $10 million in funding is circulating around the House of Representatives right now and we need to get YOUR representative’s name on it by the end of the day on Friday, March 31.

How Can You Help?

Federal research funding for eating disorders is very limited, with only $0.93 research dollars per person affected, but Congressman Costello of Pennsylvania, Congresswoman Pingree of Maine, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, and Congressman Deutch of Florida have written a letter to the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, requesting $10 million for eating disorders research to help our military members and other Americans affected by eating disorders.

Through better treatments and intervention strategies, this research funding has the potential to save lives and benefit both the public at large and members of the military and their families, who are at an increased risk of eating disorders.

We need you to encourage your representative to add their name to this letter. The more lawmakers who sign on to the letter, the better our chances will be of securing this funding! 

Call your U.S. Representative today!

Call: (202) 224-3121 

Press 2 to be connected to your representative’s office. 

 

Here’s our suggested message:

Hello, my name is [insert name] and I am a constituent living in [city, state]. I am calling to ask the congressman/woman to sign on to a letter to the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee requesting $10 million for eating disorders research to help our military members and Americans affected by eating disorders.

The letter is led by Congressman Costello of Pennsylvania, Congresswoman Pingree of Maine, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, and Congressman Deutch of Florida, as well as pushed by Congressman Young of Iowa.

To sign on, please call Katherine Loughead in Congressman Costello’s office or Evan Johnston in Congressman Pingree’s office by the March 31st deadline.

Don’t Have Time to Call?

Phone calls are really the best way to take action, but if you don’t have the time (or if you’d like to double your impact!) you can send them a quick email asking them to add their name to the letter!