Thursday, September 29, 2016

10 Things You Can Do to Promote Eating Disorder Awareness

In support of Eating Disorder Awareness month across the nation, we compiled a list of 10 things you can do in your own community.

eating-disorder-awareness1.  Circulate this sheet about Disordered Eating and Living to your friends and help CHANGE the norm in our culture away from disordered lifestyles!  Most importantly, know the Warning Signs that signal a disordered living behavior has transitioned to a serious eating disorder.

2.  Tell your friend if you are concerned about them.  Here’s What to Say if You Are Concerned, and How To Say It.  Not sure?  Here are the Warning Signs.

3.  Screen ED 101 in your school or community and include a panel discussion with qualified specialists in eating disorders.

4.  Help promote the Real Deal blog — voted one of the Top Eating Disorder, Body Image and Self-Acceptance blogs.

5.  Encourage a healthy dialogue about body image — one of the (many) linked factors in eating disorders.  Circulate the Tri Delta Fat Talk Free video to your friends and get the dialogue started!

6.  Learn about Think.Eat.Play — ways to optimize health and manage the prevalence of eating disorders within the athletic community.  For starters, watch this 10 minute video about the female athlete triad — something that affects 33% of all female athletes — and send it to coaches and athletes!

7.  Tweet, “Did You Know … and then a fact from our myth-busters sheet …” every day for the next 7 days.

8.  Watch one of our 60 videos on our YouTubeChannel and send it to your friends…

9.  If you are a therapist or registered yoga instructor, lead a mindfulness workshop for those in recovery — this guidebook shows you how!

10.  Visit our mindfulness and stress management resources page and share ideas with your friends on better ways to manage stress.  Eating disorders, though complex biological illnesses, often step in to act as a coping and stress-management tool.  Finding other ways to manage stress could be a key to prevention one day!!

Robyn Hussa Farrell is Editor and Author of the Real Deal and Founder / CEO of NORMAL.

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