We are excited to announce our 2nd annual Walk to REbeL, which will be held on April 28, 2012 at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, KS. This 3-mile family-friendly walk is open to the community and is a morning filled with fun! Be sure to check our March newsletter for registration information. Photos from last year’s walk are featured in this newsletter.
We are currently seeking corporate sponsorship for the walk. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Dr. Laura Eickman.
If you are concerned about a friend’s eating behaviors and/or body image, it is important to express these concerns in a thoughtful, caring way.
1. Think through your concerns ahead of time. Identify 2-3 specific instances when you were worried about your friend’s behavior.
2. Choose a time to talk privately, and do so either one-on-one or in a very small group.
3. Remember the phrase, “Sandwich in support.” Begin by offering your support to your friend and letting her/him know that you care. Then in a calm, loving manner, express the pre-identified specific concerns to your friend. Explain that you think these behaviors may indicate that there is a problem. End by again, offering your support.
4. Avoid making your friend feel attacked, ashamed, or guilty. Avoid offering simple solutions like, “You just need to eat!” Avoid fighting over issue. Continue to express support, and let your friend know that you want him/her to be healthy and happy.
5. Keep in mind that there is only so much you can do. Being the support person for an individual with an eating disorder can be quite stressful. Remember to also take care of yourself.
6. Offer to go with your friend to talk with a trusted adult and/or mental health professional. If he/she will not do so and you remain concerned, it is important that you seek assistance from a professional.
Based on information from the National Eating Disorders Association, 2002.
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 26 to March 3, 2012, and is a project of the National Eating Disorders Association. The goal of the week is to promote public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and their biological as well as environmental triggers, and to try to combat the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that can contribute to them.
While the topic of eating disorders can be a difficult one to address, it is important to be aware of how common and potentially dangerous these disorders are.
For information on National Eating Disorders Awareness Week or for additional resources related to eating disorders, please go to www.nationaleatingdisorders.org or contact the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1.800.931.2237.
**The above statistics can be accessed on the websites of the National Eating Disorders Association, the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.