In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we are highlighting a few brave celebrities who have been advocates for eating disorder recovery and awareness.
NEDA is an American non-profit organization that is devoted to preventing EDs, providing treatment referrals, and advocating for awareness and increase education about eating disorders. NEDAwareness week takes place the last week of February to raise awareness about the dangers surrounding these disorders.
This year, many social media platforms including Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest have added support initiatives and dedicated features to ED awareness for the week.
"These new resources will include contacts for local eating disorders hotlines in certain countries, such as Beat in the UK, National Eating Disorder Information Centre in Canada and Butterfly Foundation in Australia, as well as new advice on how to build body confidence that we built in partnership with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in the US."
Even doctors this week are taking to TikTok to use the platform for raising awareness.
More stars took to Twitter this week to speak on NEDAwareness.
It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. What you look like on the outside does not correlate to the severi… https://t.co/gACvkxB5S1— Amelia Boone (@Amelia Boone)1614036949.0
American obstacle racer Amelia Boone shared to Twitter on Monday her wise words on the topic.
ENJOY THE RIDE on Twitter
what a perfect day to thank your body for keeping u alive today #NEDAwareness ❣️— ENJOY THE RIDE (@ENJOY THE RIDE)1614032448.0
Pop and R&B singer-songwriter shared: “what a perfect day to thank your body for keeping u alive today #NEDAwareness ❣️"
We can't forget about a very strong advocate for the cause, Demi Lovato. The pop-star has been very vocal about her struggles in the past with mental health, and often gives us inspiring and honest posts such as this one from just a few months ago.
Jameela Jamil has also repeatedly spoken out about diet culture, inclusivity, past struggles with eating disorders, and much more. The actress has a podcast called "I Weigh" where she speaks with artists, other activists, doctors and more about inclusivity and mental health.
In her 2020 documentary, Taylor Swift opened up about her struggles with an eating disorder:
"My relationship with food was exactly the same psychology that I applied to everything else in my life: If I was given a pat on the head, I registered that as good. If I was given a punishment, I registered that as bad."
Whether you or a friend has been struggling with an eating disorder or you just want to learn more to help raise awareness, NEDA has been sharing resources and holding special virtual events to educate all week.
If you believe you are struggling with an eating disorder and need support, call the National Eating Disorders Association helpline at (800) 931-2237. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 741741 to message with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free.