Gov. Herbert declares Feb. 26–March 4 as Eating Disorder Awareness Week

To help Utahns affected by eating disorders find support and treatment options early on, Governor Gary R. Herbert has declared Feb. 26March 4 as Utah Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

“Too many people suffer from eating disorders, and it is critical that they find support early on to overcome these life-threatening conditions,” Gov. Herbert said. “This week is an opportunity to shed light on treatment options and how to recognize the symptoms. Our message is that there is hope and help to connect our loved ones to the resources they need to become healthy.”

Nationally, about 70 percent of 18-to-30-year-olds say they don’t like their bodies, and 50 percent of women admit to using unhealthy behaviors to control their weight, according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). It is estimated that 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder during their lifetime. Due to the large youth population in Utah and the predominance of eating disorders among young women, statistics point to the potential of eating disorders becoming a statewide health crisis if ignored.

NEDA provides online resources including confidential helplines and screening tools to determine whether professional help is necessary. Visit nedawareness.org for more information.

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