It’s National Eating Disorder Awarnesss week and The Healing Group is an official partner with NEDAawareness.org Our event is YOUniquely Beautiful: Because Nobody Gets To Define Beautiful But YOU. In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder and at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or other specified feeing or eating disorder (OSFED).
While eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses, help is available and recovery is possible. It is important for those affected, and their loved ones, to remember that htey are not alone in their struggle. Others have recovered and are now living healthy fulfilling lives. Let the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and The Healing Group (THG) be a part of your network of support. This week we will providing you with a variety of information, resources and tools so you or a loved one can get the help and support you deserve.
SPIRIT WEEK – Get involved!
Getting involved doesn’t have to cost any money or take much time, but sharing and getting involved can save a life. For example, did you know that anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness? Join us this week as we flood social media and join forces in our community to raise awareness for eating disorders
Barefaced and Beautiful challenge: go without makeup for a day in order to start a dialogue about healthy body image and inner beauty. Take a picture and proudly post your experiences on Facebook. Tag @capturehope and @healinggroup Go one step further and list the top ten things you like about yourself that aren’t related to how much you weigh or what you look like.
Take this easy 6-question online quiz and see how much you know about eating disorders! Post this link for others to take the quiz on your facebook, Instagram or blog. http://nedawareness.org/quiz
Join Operation Beautiful in its campaign to end fat-talk one post-it note at a time. Post a note encouraging other women to have positive body image. Saying “You are beautiful” can go a long way. Send a message to a friend and let them know just how YOUniquely Beautiful they are!
Attend a Someday Melissa film screening at St. Marks Hospital
Judy Avrin, Executive Producer of Someday Melissa and Melissa’s mother, created the documentary in collaboration with Danna Markson, LCSW and director Jeffrey Cobelli, to spread the word about the importance of early awareness of eating disorders symptoms and the significance of early treatment.
Join us for the screening of Someday Melissa and to learn more about eating disorders, early intervention and treatment.
Today is “No Fat Talk Today” Omit the fat talk@ #nofattalk
View Dove’s Evolution of a Model: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=
Share link on your facebook page
Flood social media with positive messages and tag with #NEDAawareness and #mediaflood
SOCK IT TO EATING DISORDERS (ED). Upload a photo of yourself wearing your craziest socks and hashtag it with #sockittoED
Then join us for…
Salt Lake City Fit Collective from 5:30-8:30
We will have a variety of booths and art to educate, inspire and grab people’s attention. The booths will include a life size Barbie made from paper mache’ visually showing the unrealistic media messages we are bombarded with, a YOUniquely Beautiful photo booth where participants get a polaroid picture taken while holding their body positive affirmation, a “post secret” table where they can anonymously share a time where they felt out of control or alone and hang it on the community connections clothing line, get information how to help a friend and take an anonymous screening themselves.
There will also be a fantastic interactive presentation by PhD eating disorder and body image expert Hollie Callaway from The Healing Group. Body image is powerfully influenced by cultural messages and societal standards of appearance and attractiveness. In this interactive presentation, participants will learn about the various negative messages that young children and teenage girls receive about their bodies and the influence this has on their self-esteem and body image. Beginning at an early age, we are bombarded with messages, visual and otherwise, that illustrate beauty in a way that few can attain. By understanding the messages our youth are consuming and the negative impact they can have, we can be better prepared to help our children become confident, independent young women.
The event will be held February 27th, 2015 at Salt Lake City Fit Collective located at 1597 s. 1100 e, from 5:30-8:30 pm.
THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING! WATCH FOR OUR ONLINE BODY IMAGE SUPPORT GROUP, TWEETS AND OTHER INFORMATIONALS ALL WEEK LONG.