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It’s NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) Awareness Week! NEDA is working to bring awareness about the variability (in type, affected populations, outcomes) of eating disorders by providing information on their site.
Here are 3 ways I like to celebrate NEDA Awareness Week:
Unsubscribe from All Diet, Meal-tracking, and Fitness Listservs
Looking at you, MyFitnessPal. I know that some people find value in their dissemination, but the language in their emails is just harmful and shaming. If you really need the information, you can seek it out for yourself at a later date from a variety of sources- hit that unsubscribe button. Just do it.
Take a Step Back from #BOPO Social Media Accounts
This one might surprise you. If we’re celebrating all bodies and fighting eating disorders, shouldn’t we all be engaging online and banding together for the cause? Sure- I’m not discrediting that and organizations like NEDA and Aerie do great work to bring awareness and recovery tools to the community. However, as an individual you are not required to expose your recovery brain to these messages all the time. As a woman in recovery, I often find myself comparing my body and my recovery timeline to what I see online, and that is not a healthy use of those accounts. #BOPO (body positivity) is awesome but because everyone is free to use the hashtag as they please, it can end up underneath some pretty triggering images and Thinspo/Fitspo ideas instead.
Bring Awareness to Issues
If you’re comfortable speaking out about eating disorders, mental illness stigma, the difficulty of ED recovery, etc. — consider sharing your story online. You never know who might relate and find comfort in not only your journey, but also your vulnerability and braveness.
If you’d like to be part of a social media campaign to raise awareness for EDs but don’t know where to start, consider visiting the NEDA website. They’ve got some great tips for getting involved this week (but your advocacy doesn’t have to stop after the week is up!)
Let me know in the comments below or tag me in your Instagram story (@thedptdiaries) if you try any of these out! Have a great week!