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Monday, February 23, 2009

National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week

Within a month's period most well known countries will be having an Eating Disorders Awareness Week or Day. The US begins tomorrow and runs through March 1st. This week is dedicated to educating both those who have eating disorders and those who do not.


Anonymous said...

Hi CC--always a good idea to raise awareness for eating disorders, which are becoming more and more common. Most alarmingly is that they are also occuring to younger and younger girls (it is girls primarily who are affected although more boys are also developing them). I just read an article in a scholarly journal which looked at little girls--as young as FIVE and SIX who are now developing eating disorders.

The media is largely to blame, too--and needs to be more responsible in the way they do advertising. Most models are airbrushed and don't even look like they do in photos--so young girls are striving to an ideal they can never reach! What do we need to do? Stop subscribing to those magazines, stop supporting television shows and movies that cast women whose weight is unrealistic for most people.

Until the public takes a stand, though--the fashion industry and media will continue to be irresponsible.

Also, CC--I am so sorry to hear you have the flu. Take good care, my friend--lots of liquids and rest. And here's a (((((hug)))))


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