End the Stigma: Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017

It’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW), and this year’s theme is “It’s Time to Talk About It.”

We at the University Health Center (UHC) believe it’s time for the world to take eating disorders seriously as public health concerns. It’s time to get the facts and bust the myths. It’s time to celebrate recovery and to give people hope. It’s time to shatter the stigma.

We invite the University of Nebraska-Lincoln community to join the conversation with us, helping shine a light on eating disorders and put life-saving resources into the hands of those who need it.

Here are a few actions you can take to support EDAW and end the stigma: 

  1. Take a moment to learn about eating disorders. Visit the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness or National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) websites for information about the different types of eating disorders, popular eating disorder myths, etc. Also stay tuned for our Thursday blog post about eating disorder warning signs.
  2. Get screened. NEDA recommends everyone get screened for an eating disorder because they can often hide in plain sight. Whether you have serious concerns or are questioning your behavior or that of a loved one, we invite you to take this free, short screening.
  3. Get help. If you’ve discovered you or a loved one have an eating disorder, you are not alone, and help is available. The UHC Eating Disorders Treatment Team specializes in helping individuals struggling with eating disorders or disordered eating attitudes and behaviors. They offer individual counseling, support and therapy groups, nutritional support, medical evaluations and more. To talk to a member of the team, call 402-472-7450. You can also seek support by calling the NEDA Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.
  4. Get involved. Attend one of the many EDAW events on campus this week, including a luncheon, self-care fair and more (See our poster at the top of this blog post or visit our calendar of events for a full list of activities). Promote #NEDAwareness on your social media accounts. Join an on-campus organization that advocates for eating disorders awareness and mental health support, like the Healthy Outlook Peer Educators or Active Minds.
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