So it’s the end of eating disorders awareness week.
I’ve already spoken about what I learned through the week. In that post I spoke of the theme of stereotypes and how you can make a difference in the lives of those who have eating disorders.
Here I’m going to share the best content from the week. It’s content I’ve found helpful, content that’s inspiring and practical that will help, that was made during that week, but will last the whole year.
Beat run the campaign behind EDAW and have shared so many inspirational stories and fundraising activities from round the country..
But eating disorders don’t last a week. That’s why you can find UK freephone helpline numbers, along with pages of advice and support about ED available all year round.
I’d also like to point out their downloadable resources which give tips for managing eating disorders and guides for friends and family.
Where do we start? At the forefront of EDAW, Hope has shared so many inspirational and practical content on social media and around the web.
She created the petition #DumpTheSacles to realign how eating disorders are diagnosed, showing how people don’t need to be underweight to suffer from anorexia.
She tirelessly campaigns for those with eating disorders and produced so much content over the last week, valuable all year round.
She has also written a book ‘Stand Tall Little Girl’ which I have never read, but from the reviews, it sounds like an amazing and inspirational journey worth a read.
According to BuzzSumo, the most shared article about EDAW2019 on social media is ‘Please don’t say ‘anorexic’ when you mean thin. My illness was more than my appearance’ by Georgia Scarr.
I found it highlights exactly how although being thin is one visible symptom of anorexia, there are others, and it doesn’t always need to get to that stage before someone is diagnosed.
I found two articles here tackled the stereotypes issue, the theme of EDAW2019.
What to Know ABout LGBTQ People and Eating Disorders – Brittney McNamara
Both these articles tackle eating disorders in the same way. They show the barriers to entry that the ‘stereotypical’ person with an eating disorder doesn’t have to go through to get treatment.
The classic young white girl suffering from anorexia is completely shattered by these articles and they are both worth a read. They bring fresh perspective and a voice to those who may have not had one before.
First Steps published an inspiring short blog post about how we need to talk about eating disorders. But it shows why we need to be talking about them all the time, not just for the week.
Seed Eating Disorders
Based in Hull, this charity offers eating disorder support services. I found this one interview especially moving to me personally. Seed patron and actress Gemma Oaten talks about her own battle with anorexia and how she was denied treatment after a simple weight test.
The Eating Disorder’s Association of Ireland have published an answer to the question ‘”Why do we need awareness? I found this post to take a blunt style about highlighting the issues which aren’t spoken about. That is what we need, giving the facts and destroying the stereotypes.
Don’t forget social
There are so many inspiration posts found on Instagram. I didn’t post anything but I was looking at what everyone was posting. There were a lot of posts about how you can’t tell eating disorders by looking at them, and how anyone can be affected.
Instagram is great for the visual content, so along with the quotes there are all sorts of snaps of what people did over the last week.
There was a lot of content on Twitter, and content is still being #EDAW2019 because the conversation is still continuing. And that’s right. We need to be talking about eating disorders all year round, not just for that week.
So what’s this all for
This is to show the best bits of eating disorders awareness week. Although it was only for one week, this posts stands as a place to house the best content, to recognise people’s efforts and to get you through your eating disorder.
Eating disorders are not something that only last for a week. That’s why we’ll be speaking about eating disorders more on this site. Instead of just focusing on things I’ve experienced, we’re going to be discussing all eating disorders.
So thank you, to everyone who is advocating and supporting eating disorders awareness week, and mental health. Your work helps beat stereotypes.
If you, or someone you know is not mentioned here please contact me with a link to their content if they have produced inspiring content over the last week and I’ll be happy to add them.