EDAW or Eating Disorder Awareness Week takes place February 1-7, 2015 and highlights the fact that body size and shape can be strongly influenced by external factors such as media and peer pressure as well as biological factors such as genetics. EDAW is sponsored by support and self-help organizations, mental health professionals, nutritionists, dieticians, physicians, dentists, nurses, educators, coaches, athletes and the media.
Too often individuals struggle against their natural, genetically influenced size just to fit into a misconception of what an “idea body type” is. Fighting your natural size and shape can lead to unhealthy dieting practices, poor body image and sometimes eating disorders. The same can apply to over-indulgence in food which can lead to occurrences of binge or chaotic eating. While the key messages of EDAW focus on helping individuals feel at ease with their natural size, in Southwestern Ontario the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) provides the foundation for and assistance in addressing the fact that eating disorders are serious, life threatening illnesses.
BANA is a not-for-profit, registered charity, community based organization which is committed to the provision of specialized treatment, education, and support services for individuals affected directly and indirectly by eating disorders. As the primary local source for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders over the past 32 years, BANA is a leader in the promotion and acceptance of diverse body shapes and sizes through the adoption of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Services are provided free of charge, without age limit and include medical consultation, assessment and diagnosis, treatment and referral, follow-up and support as well as community based education, information, prevention and research programs.
BANA invites the public and media to visit one of our many informational Kiosks during EDAW.