Today is June 2nd, 2016, World Eating Disorders Action Day. In support of this day, Mental Health Matters is proud to be joining more than 200 other organizations and 1000’s of mental health activists from more than 40 countries to share information about eating disorders.
Eating Disorders affect an estimated 70 Million people worldwide, and they impact people of all genders, religions, ages, racial and ethnic identities, nationalities, education levels, and socioeconomic levels. They are severe illnesses that develop due to a complex interplay of biological influences, environmental influences, and genetics. They are treatable illnesses, yet many go untreated despite the fact that new research and methods are increasingly showing positive results for a full recovery. And they have the highest mortality of all mental illnesses.
To help spread the word, and to educate others about Eating Disorders, please share the Nine Truths.
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.
Key Activities of World Eating Disorders Action Day Include:
- Engaging organisations and activists around the world on social media, with particular attention to underserved groups and geographies;
- A live launch on May 5, 2016, at the Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders in San Francisco, USA
- Use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media to share information about #WeDoAct and #WorldEatingDisorderDay and key messages leading up to and on June 2, 2016 including guest bloggers and posts from participating organisations;
- Outreach to Educational Institutions, Professional Organizations and Professionals, and Advocates (national and international)
- A virtual effort called THUNDERCLAP to ensure hashtags #WeDoAct #WorldEatingDisorderDay and others go ‘VIRAL’ on June 2, 2016
- Presentation of a “Platform of Action” to governments and policy makers; and
- Local advocacy events around the globe including possible building lights, press conferences, etc.
Please visit World Eating Disorders Action Day for more information.