This year's National Eating Disorder Awareness Week theme is "I Had No Idea." Since many eating disorder misconceptions exist, this year's awareness week is dedicated to raising awareness of the mental and physical consequences of eating disorders and highlight the treatment and support options available. The aim of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues, while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses - not choices - and it's important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.
What is NEDAwareness Week?
NEDAwareness Week is a collective effort of volunteers, including eating disorder professionals, health care providers, students, educators, social workers, and individuals committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment.
This year, we urge you talk about the pressures, attitudes, and behaviors that shape eating disorders with family, friends, and your community and do just one thing during NEDAwareness Week. Your participation will 1). raise awareness that eating disorders are life threatening illnesses, not lifestyle choices; 2). provide accurate information to educational and medical communities, and 3). direct people to potentially life-saving information and resources about eating disorders.
What resources exist for Eating Disorders?
At the University of Idaho, resources exist for helping students struggling with eating disorders. The University of Idaho Counseling & Testing Center offers free group and individual counseling/psychotherapy for these and related issues for full time UI students. For more information or to schedule an appointment, stop by the Counseling & Testing Center (Mary E. Forney Hall, Room 306) or call at 885-6716. All appointments are strictly confidential. To schedule an appointment with the University Psychiatrist, call 885-6716.
As part of an interdisciplinary team of providers, the campus dietitian provides nutrition counseling to all University of Idaho students. A nutrition counseling appointment includes an assessment and personalized nutrition plan, based on a student's specific goals and health concerns. Appointments can be made by calling 885-6717 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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