The National Eating Disorders Association

1186 Words Aug 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Eating disorders are very much a real, life-threatening illness. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, there is a common misconception that these types of illnesses are just phases and that they don’t take a significant toll on the person’s emotional and physical health. Their research also shows that 20 million women and 10 million men in the US will have a significant eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Those are just the cases that get reported. You may be wondering what you can do to help? In our own investigation we were unsuccessful in being allowed to enter a facility due to HIPPA rights of the patients. NEDA’s website has a list of organizations that you can work for, volunteer for, or even internships. You can volunteer for the help line, special events, online forum moderator, legislative policy, etc. If time is an issue the National Eating Disorders Association’s website has a way you can still help by donating to the cause. The majority of their funding goes towards educational and supportive services. NEDA has a new organization aimed at teens and young adults called Proud2Bme. There is now support services on campuses nationwide to promote self esteem and educate students on healthy eating habits. The NEDA also has fundraising walks for local communities to get involved. One of the top sustaining sponsors for this walk is the Eating Disorder Center of Denver.

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