WORLD EATING DISORDERS ACTION DAY | 6/2/17May 4, 2017
Last year the Yoga and Body Image Coalition was honored to be a participating organization in the inaugural World Eating Disorders Action Day which takes place annually on June 2nd. We united with organizations and activists representing 40 countries to increase awareness, eradicate myths and collectively advocate for resources and policy change. It was amazing and inspiring to see the far reaching impact of a group of committed activists. We are excited to continue this important work as we approach this year’s World Eating Disorder Action Day.
This year’s theme is #WeDoActTogether with the focus being on partnerships that move us forward as affected people, carers, clinicians, and researchers. Given that eating disorders create and thrive on isolation, meaningful relationships and connections are vital to recovery. As part of our efforts to help highlight the importance of engaging in supportive communities in eating disorder recovery, YBIC will again feature blog posts that share the stories of people in the YBIC community who have used the practice of yoga to help in their journey of healing and recovery from an eating disorder. These posts will focus on how the practice of yoga can create a sense of connection, belonging and supportive relationships that play an integral role in the recovery process.
At this time we welcome you, our amazing community of yogis, to submit your stories.
If you would like to contribute to this special blog feature, please submit your 500-word story today. Submission deadline is May 22nd.
The following nine “truths” about eating disorders may surprise you:
Truth No. 1: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.
Truth No. 2: Families are not to blame and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.
Truth No. 3: An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.
Truth No. 4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.
Truth No. 5: Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations and socioeconomic statuses.
Truth No. 6: Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.
Truth No. 7: Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.
Truth No. 8: Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.
Truth No. 9: Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.