National Eating Disorders Association

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
7429 Shallowford Road

Focus Treatment Centers invites the public to celebrate National Eating Disorders Awareness Week by participating in a drive-by event on Wednesday, February 24th between 11am – 2pm at 7429 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Drivers by can honk for eating disorders awareness and can drive through the parking lot to receive educational materials and a body positivity sticker.

The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to shine the spotlight on eating disorders by educating the public, spreading a message of hope, and putting lifesaving resources into the hands of those in need.

Eating disorders are biologically based mental illnesses that affect an estimated 30 million Americans of all ages, genders, socio-economic statuses, and ethnicities. If left untreated, eating disorders frequently result in costly medical complications and may result in death. Individuals who have access to and receive appropriate care often fully recovery and go on to lead productive lives. Yet the vast majority of individuals suffering from eating disorders do not receive the care they need. For this reason, eating disorder advocacy and education are crucial.

Confidential screenings are also available by appointment at Focus Treatment Centers by calling or texting 423-380-8007 or by emailing Ashley Fairbanks at [email protected]. More information available online about eating disorder treatment in Chattanooga.

The National Eating Disorders Helpline can be found here or by calling 800-931-2237. An online confidential screening tool, educational facts and infographics, and the 2021 Eating Disorders Awareness Week social media kit can all be found at

Chris Harris, PhD