SOURCE: National Eating Disorders Association

National Eating Disorders Association

January 11, 2011 16:28 ET

It's Time to Talk About It! Proclaims National Eating Disorders Association During 24th Annual NEDAwareness Week, Feb. 20-26

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2011) - The 24th annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Feb. 20-26 and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is once again waging war against eating disorders (EDs) and unrealistic "body-perfect" ideals -- as well as fighting for more research, support and access to treatment for these life-threatening illnesses.

With the theme It's Time to Talk About It, NEDAwareness Week is the non-profit group's largest national outreach campaign to raise consciousness about the seriousness of these illnesses. Through NEDAwareness Week, the group seeks to educate the public on signs and symptoms of eating disorders and encourage people to get help. The goal is to spread a message of hope: Help is available, recovery possible and those affected are not alone in their struggle! NEDA also challenges unrealistic, unhealthy body size expectations, diets and fat talk to reduce disordered eating and ultimately EDs.

Lynn Grefe, president and CEO of NEDA, commented, "Today's pressure cooker of 'the thin ideal' versus obesity is creating our own kind of body mass confusion. Speaking out is more critical now than ever before. We should be measured by the size of our hearts, not our hips. It is time to talk about it!"

NEDAwareness Week 2011 is already generating interest nationwide, with volunteers coordinating a variety of events throughout the country, using local media to spread the word about eating disorders. During this week, hundreds of events will be held in communities coast to coast, offering an opportunity for people to gather information and learn how to support those with eating disorders. Opportunities are still available to distribute materials, purchase kits or to register to "do just one thing" to support this national movement. 

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The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), headquartered in Seattle, Wash., is the leading U.S. non-profit organization supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Each year, NEDA helps millions of people across the country find information and appropriate treatment resources through its toll-free live helpline (800-931-2237), its many outreach programs and website. NEDA advocates for advancements in the field and envisions a world without eating disorders. 

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