This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. I am honored to be spending the next few days in Amherst, Massachusetts where I will be hosted by the Five College Eating Disorder Awareness Committee. Here’s some information about what I’ll be doing while I am there. Next week I’ll head to the University of Texas at El Paso where I will be hosted by the Women’s Resource Center in honor of Eating Disorder Awareness Week and Women’s History Month. I love speaking with and learning from college students and am really looking forward to these visits.
Now, on to the issue at hand. Unfortunately, the rate of eating disorders are going up– including among girls between the ages of 7-11 and women over 50. Some experts believe that as many as 10 million women and 1 million men in the United States are battling eating disorders. We need to improve our education about these issues, and we need to have deliberate conversations with one another about these issues. You can gain the courage to start those conversations by learning more. Here are a couple links to help you do that.