Shining a light: Grand Rapids’ Blue Bridge will be lit for a cause

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Michigan Eating Disorders Alliance

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) urges everyone to start having more honest conversations about food, exercise and body image issues. NEDA’s annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) Feb. 25 – March 3, 2019 – themed Come as You Are– 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.

Our culture has complicated relationships with food, exercise, and appearance. Thirty 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. 

But because of stigma and old stereotypes, many have a hard time talking about these issues and reaching out for help. The goal of NEDAwareness Week 2019 is to bust myths, elevate marginalized voices, and reach those in need with appropriate support and resources.

Learn more about  NEDAwareness Week:  www.NEDAwareness.org

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 by lighting the Grand Rapids Blue Bridge in NEDAW’s signature colors of blue and green.  Our very own Blue Bridge will join dozens of iconic landmarks in cities across the country – from New York’s Empire State Building in the east to Los Angeles International Airport’s stylish, 100-foot, glass pylons in the west – to put a spotlight on the seriousness of eating disorders.  This is the second annual bridge lighting – please see pictures at www.mieda.org.  

MiEDA is holding an invitation only event, hosted by JORDAN CARSON, on Monday evening for donors and supporters.  Held at the JW Marriott, community members will be able to watch the lighting of the bridge that evening.

The organization will also be recognizing and honoring a Mayoral Proclamation by Mayor Rosalyn Bliss on Friday Feb. 22nd

NINE TRUTHS ABOUT EATING DISORDERS

Truth #1: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.

Truth #2: Families are not to blame, and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.

Truth #3: An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.

Truth #4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.

Truth #5: Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.

Truth #6: Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.

Truth #7: Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.

Truth #8: Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.

Truth #9: Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.

For more information please contact Gail Hall,, LMSW, CEDS-S, Executive Director of The Michigan Eating Disorders Alliance:  ghall@mieda.org; or call 616.260-2387.

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