It's not our bodies that need changing. It's our attitudes.
TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The bullying-related tragedies that have
dominated recent headlines are a devastating reminder of the need to do
more for teens in crisis, among whom girls with low self-esteem and
poor body image are often especially vulnerable.
Low self-esteem and poor body image can lead to all-consuming weight
preoccupations, social anxiety, depression and suicide. They can also
cause life-threatening eating disorders. Today, one in three girls aged
14-18 uses dangerous weight-management practices, and eating disorders
have become the third most chronic illness among adolescent girls.
"Raising awareness of eating disorders and the self-esteem and body
image issues that give rise to them is absolutely critical, not just
among young people themselves but also in the clinical community," said
Merryl Bear, Director of the National Eating Disorder Information
Centre (NEDIC). "It's complicated, but research shows only two percent
of family doctors and 33 percent of pediatricians are likely to
accurately diagnose eating disorders when they see them in their
NEDIC has provided information and resources on eating disorders and
food and weight preoccupation since 1985. Among the more shocking
statistics it has collected is the fact that 30 percent of girls as
young as 10 to 14 years are dieting to lose weight—despite being in a healthy weight range.
NEDIC aims through its work to educate the public and shift societal
attitudes, especially prejudices towards different body types. It
served over 6,000 individuals last year: those affected by eating
disorders, students, professional educators and health professionals.
To deepen public understanding of eating disorders and raise support for
its activities, NEDIC is holding a fundraising event at the Thompson
Landry Gallery in Toronto on February 2, 2012—the first of what is
planned to be an annual occurrence. The evening will include
entertainment, a silent auction and raffle as well as numerous
opportunities for attendees to gain a better understanding of eating
For more information about NEDIC or the February fundraiser, visit www.nedic.ca.
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 to provide information and
resources on eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation.
NEDIC's main goal is to inform the public about eating disorders and
related issues as mandated by the Mental Health Programs and Services
division of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. In
addition, it promotes healthy lifestyles, including both healthy eating
and appropriate, enjoyable exercise. NEDIC takes a client-centered
approach, which means staff provide information and guidance about
every option so that clients can make informed choices for themselves.
NEDIC is a program of the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada.
SOURCE National Eating Disorder Information Centre
For further information:
Suzanne Phillips, NEDIC Program Coordinator