National Eating Disorders Association

National Eating Disorders Association Announces Body Acceptance Week: November 1 - 5, 2021

New York, NY — October 26, 2021 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders, is spearheading the inaugural Body Acceptance Week from November 1 - 5, 2021. Body Acceptance Week promotes body positivity, body neutrality, and body liberation for all.

28.8 million Americans of all demographics and body sizes will experience an eating disorder in their lifetime. While there is no single cause of eating disorders, research indicates that body dissatisfaction is a leading risk factor. As part of NEDA’s commitment to eating disorder prevention, Body Acceptance Week provides resources, education, and support for those experiencing body dissatisfaction and its associated risk factors. 

“Body positivity is the most popular phrase, but some people don’t feel like that is a realistic concept for them,” says Chenese Lewis, dubbed ‘One of the Original Plus-Size Influencers’ by Forbes. “Body Acceptance Week expands the definitions of body acceptance to be more inclusive.”

Lewis appears in a new video for the campaign in which she reflects on her own journey with body acceptance, and offers advice for those experiencing body dissatisfaction.

“Body Acceptance Week is a reminder that all people and bodies are worthy of acceptance and empowerment,” says Liz Thompson, CEO of NEDA. “For individuals at all stages of body acceptance and eating disorder recovery, learning to challenge societal pressures to conform to a certain body type can empower them to feel better about themselves and their bodies.” 

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PARTICIPATE IN BODY ACCEPTANCE WEEK:

1. Take the Body Affirmation Pledge to show your commitment to body acceptance for yourself and others.

2. Share NEDA’s Body Acceptance Week (#BodyAcceptanceWeek) campaign assets any time leading up to and during the campaign.

3. Create your own social media posts about your body acceptance journey. Remember to use the campaign hashtag—#BodyAcceptanceWeek—and tag NEDA (@neda on Instagram | @NEDAstaff on Twitter)

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ABOUT THE NATIONAL EATING DISORDERS ASSOCIATION

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Through our programs and services, NEDA raises awareness, builds communities of support and recovery, funds research and puts essential resources into the hands of those in need.For more information, visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

CONTACT

Elizabeth Thompson

Chief Executive Officer

[email protected]