Eating Disorders affect people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, socioeconomic class, abilities, races, and ethnic backgrounds. That is why, from February 1st to 7th every year, Eating Disorder groups across Canada unite to commemorate Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) with a national week of action focused on educating the public about Eating Disorders.
It is a time to escalate awareness of the impact of Eating Disorders, the dangerous stereotypes and myths, and the supports available for people living with or affected by them.
NEDIC (National Eating Disorder Information Centre) provides information, resources, referrals and support to Canadians affected by eating disorders. NEDIC believes that through open, supportive dialogue, we can help break the shame, stigma and silence that affect nearly 1 million Canadians living with a diagnosable eating disorder—and the millions of others who are struggling with food and weight preoccupation.
NEDIC’s toll-free helpline and instant chat are available Monday through Thursday from 9am to 9pm EST and Friday from 9am to 5pm EST.
Toll Free 1-866-633-4220
EDAW is a collective effort, from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Organizations around the country are set to host local events, light notable landmarks in the colour purple, and engage in public education campaigns.
Read more about the annual Eating Disorders Awareness Week here…
Eating disorders can affect anyone, but some people may be at higher risk. People who experience lower self-esteem or poor body image, perfectionism, or difficulties dealing with stress may be more likely to experience an eating disorder. A lack of positive social supports and other important connections may also play a big part. In some cases, eating disorders can go along with other mental illnesses.
Find out more at Canadian Mental Health Association…