Nation’s 30th annual Eating Disorders Awareness Week
This week is the 30th annual Eating Disorders Awareness Week in the country.
Advocates hope to raise awareness, educate people and break through stereotypes while providing care and treatment for those with eating disorders.
The National Eating Disorders Association said the goal of this week is to shine the spotlight on eating disorders and provide resources to those in need.
This year's theme is “It's Time to Talk About It” and the organization encourages everyone to get screened.
47 ABC spoke to Kate Clemmer, a community outreach organizer for The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in Maryland.
Clemmer said she hopes this week erases stereotypes about people with eating disorders.
“Eating disorders don't discriminate. So you really can't tell by looking at someone whether they have an eating disorder. You can't base it on body size or shape or weight. We've worked really hard to teach the community that nobody is immune,” Clemmer said.
Tying into this year's theme, Clemmer said she encourages everyone to use the resources on the National Eating Disorders Association's website.
She says the website has free resources for those with an eating disorder or those who are worried about someone they know.
You can find those resources here: http://nedawareness.org/
And resources from The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in Maryland can be found at: https://eatingdisorder.org/