What you need to know about Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Windsor
Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, classes, abilities, races and ethnic backgrounds. In fact, over 1 million Canadians struggle with eating disorders. Although this is true, there is still a lot of misinformation, stereotypes and myths about this disorder that exist in society. That is why, every year from February 1st to 7th, eating disorder programs across the nation unite to engage their communities and take action in educating the public about eating disorders.
This year, as a part of BANA’s campaign for EDAW, we are encouraging people from our community to take #SHOWUSYOUR PURPLE for a chance to win a prize!!! Keep reading to find out more.
What is #SHOWUSYOURPURPLE all about?
Purple is the colour used among the eating disorder community to signify support for those who have eating disorders. It is used to enact change and enhance awareness of this mental illness which affects more than 1 million Canadians. This February, we encourage you, your family, your friends and your staff to wear purple and post a photo online telling us why you’re supporting eating disorder awareness for a chance to win a prize.
Why is supporting this cause important to you? Have you or a loved one been affected by an eating disorder? Are you passionate about weight stigma? Do you believe we all need to work on our body image? Tell us in your caption!! And use the hashtags: #showusyourpurple #EDAW2020 #BANA #YQG. NOTE- In order to win our prize, your profile must be public so we can view your post. Winners will be announced Friday, February 14, 2020.
Don’t have social media? No problem! Visit our booth at one of BANA’s community awareness events (schedule below) to try your best at answering some eating disorder information trivia. Win some BANA swag and to be entered into the contest giveaway!
Recognizing EDAW helps in affirming the experiences of those living with or affected by eating disorders, as well as the millions of Canadians that experience food and weight preoccupation on daily basis. By helping shed light on an issue that is filled with stigma and secrecy, we draw attention to the need to support further research, provide better treatment options and enhanced training, engage in greater prevention efforts, acknowledge the need for caregiver support, and stigma-bust in this under-resourced area.
Where will BANA be the week of Eating Disorder Awareness Week?
Looking to find out more about eating disorders? Come out to one of outreach events during EDAW to talk to one of our health educators. Get some of our fun BANA swag too!
See the schedule below to find out where we will be…
Want to donate?
Visit this link to give back to BANA. You can also attend a gentle flow yoga class at Chill Yoga (2950 Dougall Ave) on Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 4:30-5:30p. A suggested donation of $10 is recommended and proceeds go back to eating disorders services.