According to the National Eating Disorder Association, approximately 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated disorders , 95% of the people who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.
On Thursday, February 26th 2015 after all court proceedings were conducted, the Red Hook Youth Court recognized National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Members learned about a few different eating disorders that including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.
Following our discussion, Youth Court members were encouraged to create "I Love my_____because____” statements. The statements described qualities and characteristics that they love about themselves as a way of recognizing National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Each member proudly shared their responses and enjoyed being able to express themselves in a new and positive way. Being knowledgeable about eating disorders and other issues similar to this that impacts teens and people in general is very helpful and brings awareness.
If you are or know someone who suffers from an eating disorder please call the National Eating Disorder Association's hotline at 800-931-2237
For more information about Eating Disorders and awareness go to http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
Please stay tuned to what we have coming up in March for Women's HERstory Month!