Will you join us Sunday, October 29th for the Las Vegas NEDA Walk
to benefit the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)?
For the past 15 years, my psychology career has been devoted to helping those affected by eating disorders. Every day I am privileged to work with kindhearted, brilliant, strong, generous, creative, hardworking, passionate humans. Eating disorders do not discriminate and impact people of all ages, ethnicities, sizes, and genders. Eating disorders dramatically restrict the lives of those affected- socially, emotionally, cognitively, spiritually, and physically. I work with clients and their loved ones to take the steps neccessary to eventually break free of this illness, and build a full life worth living.
Eating disorders are not a choice. This is just one of the common misunderstandings about eating disorders in our society. Similar to cancer, nobody chooses to have a potentially deadly psychiatric eating disorder. Eating disorders are biologically based illness that are highly heritable. Culture, environment, genes, trauma, personality factors, can all culminate into the development of an eating disorder. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all the psychiatric disorders. Prevention and early identification are critical. We need more awareness, education, and effective treatment. We need more trained providers accross all disciplines. We need more research.
NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Please support this walk in any way you can. If you can't attend, please consider making a small donation and/or sharing this page.
This year, I will be walking, along side her loving family, in honor of Aimee. Aimee passed away due to complications of her eating disorder on September 26th. It was Aimee's hope to start an AA meeting in Las Vegas for women in substance abuse recovery and eating disorder recovery. Aimee always wanted to help others. Her family and I agree that she would have wanted to help spread the word about eating disorders and that she would have done anything that might spare others from the disorder that ultimately took her life. Aimee had a passion for life and she wanted to live. She had so much love to give and so much to live for.
Aimée Helen Reich Liwag
August 2, 1972 - September 26, 2017