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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week brings conversations to West Michigan

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-The Michigan Eating Disorders Alliance (MiEDA) urges everyone to start having more honest conversations about food, exercise and body image issues. NEDA’ and MiEDA’s annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) Feb. 22 – 28, 2021– themed EveryBody has a Seat at the Table– provides a platform for untold stories to be heard; promotes healthy relationships with food and our bodies; and offers hope and help to those who need it. This is the 20th Annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Our culture has complicated relationships with food, exercise, and appearance. 30 million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating disorder at some point. Millions more will battle food and body image issues that have untold negative impacts on their lives. And almost everyone can relate to experiencing difficult emotions and having trouble loving what they see in the mirror.  These struggles have been compounded by the pandemic and uncertain political climate, creating a mental health crisis for individuals who are struggling.  

FREE VIRTUAL EVENT

On February 24, 2021 from 7:00PM — 8:00PM, join MiEDA and the Foundation for a virtual self care party. Registration is free. Click the link below to register!

Join MiEDA and KHF for a FREE, fun evening of self-care, conversation and a message of hope to Celebrate National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. All proceeds and donations will benefit MiEDA & KHF in their missions, raising awareness and increasing prevention efforts regarding eating disorders; along with decreasing stigma and bringing resources for healing and recovery to those struggling with this illness.

REGISTER: MiEDA for this year’s Virtual Self Care Party!

#DidYouKnow that eating disorders can affect anyone, regardless of age, size, gender, race, sexuality, ability, or socioeconomic status? The goal of NEDAwareness Week 2021 is to bust myths, elevate marginalized voices, and reach those in need with appropriate support and resources.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN GRAND RAPIDS? 

The Michigan Eating Disorders Alliance (MiEDA) is SHINING A LIGHT on the importance of the awareness and prevention of Eating Disorders. Grand Rapids’ own Blue Bridge will again be lit in the signature blue and green, representing the #NEDAwareness and MiEDA campaign.  Be sure to check it out all week! The city of Grand Rapids has upgraded the lighting system to create and even more stunning display.

For more information and resources visit the Michigan Eating Disorders Alliance webpage.

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