It’s a thrilling day for a group of eating disorder advocates who found one another via the internet and have been working as a sparse, yet determined, group ever since. I am so honoured to be a part of this!
Long story short, we have our first ever World Eating Disorder Action Day on June 2nd, and to mark the occasion Keanu Reeves and the cast of To The Bone have filmed the 9 truths that myself and other advocates want so strongly to be known.
This feels rather like something that a few of us have been screaming for years has just been picked up by someone with a microphone. It feels like huge relief.
If you click on the image below your’ll be taken to the World Eating Disorder Action Day website where you can view the video. Do me a favour and sign the pledge while you are there?
Thank you for watching. Thank you for understanding. Thank you for helping us eliminate the stigma attached to this mental illness.
Nine Truths About Eating Disorders:
Truth #1: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.
Truth #2: Families are not to blame, and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.
Truth #3: An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.
Truth #4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.
Truth #5: Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.
Truth #6: Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.
Truth #7: Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.
Truth #8: Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.
Truth #9: Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.
It’s the first ever World Eating Disorder Action Day on June 2nd 2016. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Join me and some really incredible advocates for a Tweet Chat hosted by Mirror Mirror on June 2nd at 5pm.