As the holiday season comes into full swing, it is easy to get caught up in the chaos and hectic nature of shopping, decorating, and entertaining. In fact, Thanksgiving, rather than its December 25th follower, happens to be my favorite holiday because it doesn’t involve as much shopping stress, and is a time to reflect on the important people and the fortunate things in your life that don’t necessarily come from the store. Oh yeah, and it’s is all about the food.
This Thanksgiving, I was fortunate to give thanks for my health, my family’s health and my friends’ health, but not everyone (including people close to me and myself at times) necessarily has this luxury. In fact, approximately 30 million people in the United States suffer from a certain illness that is preventable and curable. Yet only about 10-20% of people affected receive the treatment they need to recover from this illness and every 62 minutes, at least one person dies from this illness. The illness I am referring to is an eating disorder.
The four most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorder and Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder. Whether you know it or not, I can guarantee someone in your life has struggled with one of these disorders at some point. In addition to my own challenges, I know individuals very close to me who have battled with one or more of these illnesses and raising awareness and support for those struggling has become very close to my heart, especially as the holidays can be a very challenging time for those with an ED. This year, I have joined the incredible community of individuals at Project HEAL in their quest to deliver prevention, treatment financing, and recovery support for people suffering from eating disorders.
In honor of #GivingTuesday, I ask that you please consider donating to our cause to aid in our effort to bring support and treatment to those who are currently struggling from an eating disorder. Any donation helps, as we work to bring health and hope to those women and men in need. Recovery is possible, and we want to make it a reality.
Thank you ❤️