International Efforts to Stamp Out Eating Disorders

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Families are profoundly impacted by an eating disorder. When a daughter moves into the dangerous world of anorexia or bulimia, her parents often feel as though they are all alone in this struggle.

Fortunately, as they gain in personal knowledge and reach out, parents soon discover that eating disorders have reached epidemic levels in our country.

And, we in the United States are also not alone in the fight. Eating disorders are rife throughout the world, which is why World Eating Disorders Action Day was established in 2016. This grassroots movement was started by people affected by an eating disorder, their families, as well as the medical and health professionals involved in treatment.

Webp.net-resizeimageBy uniting activists across the globe, the hope is to expand global awareness of eating disorders for what they are: genetically linked and treatable illnesses that can affect anyone, anytime regardless of socio-economic status, ethnicity, religion, or gender.

On June 2, members of the eating disorder community, affected individuals and their families, professionals, researchers, and policy makers, will unite virtually to increase access to accurate information, eradicate myths and advocate for resources and policy change throughout the world.

In addition to supporting this important day, Timberline Knolls will participate in the International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) June 8 to 10 in Prague, Czech Republic. This important conference sponsored by the Academy for Eating Disorders, will host 700 to 800 attendees from throughout the world.

Through events such as World Eating Disorders Action Day and the International Conference on Eating Disorders, we hope to increase awareness and education about these deadly disorders and prevent them in the future.

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