Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health disease in America, according to an American Journal of Psychiatry study
SPHHS Raises Awareness for Eating Disorders with Full Week of Events
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week) begins February 23, and faculty, staff and students in the SPHHS community have joined together to sponsor a week-long series of events from February 24 - 28. These events will shed light on the prevalence and consequences of eating disorders, specifically in the college setting, and how we can promote our own health and well-being and that of our friends, family, and members of the GW community and colleges around the country.
With gratitude to W. Russell Ramsey and Norma Ramsey for making this week of events possible.
Schedule of Activities
Monday, Feb. 24
Great Jeans Giveaway | 12 – 4pm | Marvin Center, 1st Floor Elevators
Be comfortable in your genes. Wear jeans that fit the real you. Donated jeans will be given to a local shelter.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Discussion with Mika Brzezinski & GW Students | 1:30 -3:30pm | Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom
“Morning Joe” co-host to discuss prevalence of eating disorders, especially on college campuses. Information and resources for those struggling with an eating disorder will be available.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Inside-Out Day (all day)
Wear your shirt inside out to show it’s what’s on the inside that counts!
Yoga Class | 12-1pm | Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
Limited number of mats available. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mat. FREE water bottle provided.
More than a Body: Celebrate You Fair | 11am -2pm | Marvin Center, Great Hall
Student Health Service and University Counseling Center host a fair focusing on general health and wellness, body image and self-care.
Thursday, Feb. 27
Media Literacy/Screening of “America the Beautiful” | 7-9pm | Media and Public Affairs Building, Room 310, 805 21st St., NW
Learn to identify and resist cultural messages that may promote a negative body image.
Friday, Feb. 28
Trash the Scale | 12-2pm | Marvin Center, 1st Floor Elevators
Promote the importance of focusing on health, not a number, by throwing away your scale. Limited number of scales provided for students to graffiti.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder and would like to speak with someone, you may reach the National Eating Disorders Association helpline (Mon - Thurs 9am - 9pm; Fri 9am - 5pm) at 888-931-2237. If you are a GW student looking for support, there are on-campus resources to help including the University Counseling Center, Student Health Service, and the student organization Students Promoting Eating Disorder Awareness & Knowledge (SPEAK) at George Washington University.