Boston, MA NEDA Walk

Team Hope

Hi, and thanks for visiting our page!

We are Team Hope. 

Many of us have on this team have experienced or witnessed how mentally, emotionally, and socially debilitating these illnesses are, for both the individual and his or her loved ones.

Here are a few facts to help you understand why we are walking with NEDA to help others.

1. 30 million men & women will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime.

Precursors to full-blown eating disorders, such as body image & weight concerns begin before middle school.

40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight (Smolak 2011). 

42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner (Collins, 1991). 

81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat (Mellin et al., 1991).

2. Funding for research on eating disorders is disproportionate to the number of sufferers.

Research dollars spent on Alzheimer’s Disease averaged $88 per affected individual in 2011.

For Schizophrenia: $81.

For Autism: $44.

For eating disorders: $0.93. (National Institutes of Health, 2011)

3. Consequences are DIRE.

  • An eating disorder erodes a person's sense of self, ability to function, & emotional wellbeing. 
  • It isolates her from friends and family and prevents her from pursuing her dreams and goals. 

The suffering & reduced quality of life are more than enough to warrant help, but:

  • Bulimia, binge eating disorder, & anorexia have severe & life-threatening physical consequences 
  • Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder (Arcelus, Mitchell, Wales, & Nielsen, 2011)
  • For females 15-24 with anorexia nervosa, associated death rate is 12x higher than the death rate of all other causes of death (Sullivan, 1995).

I think we can all agree: 

These facts are UNACCEPTABLE. We can do better.

How to DO BETTER for those suffering now:

  • Raise awareness to reduce stigma
  • Promote research
  • Increase evidence-based treatment coverage for the increasing # of individuals and families affected

How to DO BETTER for future generations:

  • Work together to resist & change a culture that perpetuates:
    • Unrealistic body ideals
    • The idea that diet/weight-loss is THE path to fulfillment.
    • "Clean" eating (vs what, "dirty" eating? :)
    • Extreme versions of fitness & exercise
  • Reality is, 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders (Shisslak, Crago, & Estes, 1995).


If you are wondering: What is NEDA, and how does it help these goals?

National Eating Disorders Association (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.

 

Thank you so much for your support!

Also, please feel free to share this link with anyone you think may want more information about eating disorders and resources (http://neda.convio.net/goto/Hope).

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