Today, June 2nd, is World Eating Disorders Action Day! This day is a grassroots movement designed for and by people affected by an eating disorder, their families, and the medical and health professionals who support them. By uniting activists across the globe, the aim is to expand global awareness of eating disorders as genetically linked, treatable illnesses that can affect anyone.
To join the fight in breaking the stigma, here are 5 ways that YOU can take action today!
1. Take the Pledge from World Eating Disorders Action Day
World Eating Disorders Action Day challenges everyone to sign the pledge on their website here. By signing this pledge, you commit to breaking down stigma by sharing the Nine Truths About Eating Disorders and the World Eating Disorders Action Day key messages with others, and to promoting the NINE Goals of Taking Action Against Eating Disorders.
2. Hand out AED’s Medical Care Standards Guide (available in pdf in multiple languages) in doctors offices
Often times, medical professionals are misinformed on the symptoms and proper care of eating disorders. This action can inform medical professionals on how to recognize, intervene and support someone who may be struggling with an eating disorder.
3. Share the National Eating Disorder Association Screening Tool on Social Media
NEDA has a short and simple screening tool on their website that can help determine if someone is struggling and should seek professional help. You can find the screening tool here.
4. Share info or make a donation to a non-profit providing life-saving resources to those struggling with eating disorders
Supporting a non-profit dedicated to helping those with eating disorders is a great way to take action! There are many wonderful oraginziations such as:
- The National Eating Disorder Association
- Binge Eating Disorder Association
- The National Association for Males with Eating Disorders
- Project HEAL
- Realize Your Beauty
- Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
- Alliance for Eating Disorders
- The Garment Project
- Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association
- Eating Disorders Coalition
5. Share Your Story
If you are in recovery from an eating disorder, have recovered or support someone with an eating disorder, sharing your story is a powerful way to break the stigma. If you feel comfortable and safe sharing your story, it may spark meaningful conversations amongst your friends, family and network!
Learn more about World Eating Disorders Action Day here.