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Carolina Resource Center for Eating Disorders (CRC for ED) and UNC Asheville Health & Counseling Center are collaborating to host a full week of events, bringing eating disorders awareness to WNC.

#NEDAwareness Week, spearheaded by the National Eating Disorders Association provides opportunities to share resources about eating, exercise, and body image and to engage people in conversation about these issues.

"Participating annually in this national campaign allows us to increase awareness here in NC about disordered eating and recovery from eating disorders, ” says Simone Seitz, Executive Director of CRC for ED.

The NEDAwareness Week theme this year is "Come As You Are," with a focus on moving toward inclusivity within the eating disorder community. Individuals whose stories have not been widely heard are encouraged to speak out and connect. Everyone’s story is valid and deserves to be heard! Local events begin on Monday, Feb. 25, and end on Friday, March 1, with CRC for ED’s 12th Annual HEAL Conference. 

“We are excited to offer a variety of opportunities throughout the week and to close with our conference. HEAL provides professionals and the general public education on disordered eating and its treatment and the topics this year align perfectly with the NEDAwareness Week theme," said Seitz.

Sessions include Honoring Gender Diversity in Eating Disorder Treatment: Beyond the Binary; The Cultural Culinary Challenge: Managing Varying Nutritional Needs in Eating Disorders Care; and The Insider’s Guide to Autism Spectrum and Eating Disorders; and R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Tell You What it Means to Be Me! (Working with parents, partners, and families.) For more information about presentations, expert speakers, schedule, location, and registration go to crcfored.com - HEAL Conference

An eating disorder isn't just abnormal food-related behaviors. These illnesses involve emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding exercise and body image too. While often misunderstood, they are more common than you think. Despite the alarming number of people affected (30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder some point in their lives,) eating disorders often live in the shadows, and many people do not get the help they deserve.

Eating disorders are not a choice; they are serious mental illnesses.

To see a complete list of events, visit https://www.crcfored.com/events/.

Everyone should get screened for an eating disorder, as these illnesses often hide in plain sight. Whether you are curious about the possibility of a full-blown eating disorder or have an inkling of concern about disordered eating for you or a loved one, take the screening: http://nedawareness.org/get-screened

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