I have struggled with mental illness for many years. For the past few years I have been battling Anorexia Nervosa. This topic is very important to me and the stigma of mental illness shouldn’t stop me from being open about my mental health. There are many misconceptions around eating disorders but perhaps the most misunderstood stance is that it is a choice, an attempt to be thin and that media is driving this. Body image is one small part that can contribute to developing an eating disorder. Up to 60% of your risk for developing an eating disorder is genetic. Eating Disorders are not a choice or a lifestyle. Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that serve many purposes including helping people cope with or numb out emotions, depression, anxiety, trauma, change and other difficult feelings, situations and experiences. It can give an illusion of control when other parts of life are out of your control. Eating disorders are a way to communicate, show people how you feel when it feels easier to be physically ill than mentally ill and having feelings of worthlessness and undeserving. Eating disorders affect up to thirty percent of college students. Eating disorders do not discriminate by race, gender, socioeconomic status or any other identity. For females between fifteen to twenty-four years old who suffer from anorexia nervosa, the mortality rate associated with the illness is twelve times higher than the death rate of all other causes of death (NEDA). Unfortunately only ten percent of people with eating disorders receive treatment. Although I didn’t feel lucky at the time, I can now say I am very grateful that I was one of the few who received treatment. I have spent several months over the past few years in and out of treatment centers and hospitals. Last year I took a gap year and spent 9 months in the hospital and made significant progress. Working toward recovery is one of the hardest things I've ever done. You have to choose it everyday even when it feels so difficult and your mind is telling you not to. I honestly don’t know if I would be here today if I hadn’t received the help I had. All of the people who I have met through treatment have been so kind and supportive. This year I am participating in the Boston NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) walk to raise money for eating disorder research and so others can receive treatment like I did. Last year I raised $1,300 and I am hoping to make an impact in the fight against eating disorders again this year. If you can donate please know it is very appreciated. Even small amounts add up and help tremendously. If you are unable to sponsor me at this time, know that even reading this post is a big help in breaking the stigma and raising awareness, so thank you very much.
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Did you know that 30 million men and women will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetimes? This is one of the many reasons that we are coming together to participate in a NEDA Walk to benefit the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)!
NEDA is a nonprofit organization that provides lifesaving programs and services to individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA is dedicated to erasing the stigma surrounding eating disorders, promoting positive body image and discouraging dangerous diet behaviors.
We are asking for your support to help reach our team fundraising goal. Donating to our fundraising page is a way for you to not only show your support for us, but also to show your support for the millions of individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
Since 2009, NEDA Walks have been bringing communities together nationwide in the fight against eating disorders. NEDA Walks raise funds for NEDA’s lifesaving programs that help thousands of people every day!
Your contribution will help fund NEDA’s national Helpline, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, NEDA Navigators and countless other lifesaving programs.
Any amount you can contribute will make a difference in the fight against eating disorders. With your help, we are one step closer to our fundraising goal.
Thank you so much for your support! You can also help by forwarding this page to anyone you think might want to support the cause with us!