Eating Disorder Awareness
Did you know that nearly one million Canadians live with a diagnosed eating disorder and millions of others struggle with unhealthy food and weight preoccupation?
People with disordered eating suffer from unhealthy thoughts and behaviours toward food, weight and body shape. They can worry so much about eating and the size of their bodies that it may negatively affect their everyday lives.
Unfortunately, shame and stigma still surround eating disorders, and mental illness in general, but programs like the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre are helping to change that.
The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at BC Children’s Hospital provides mental health and substance use information, resources, and peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC. The centre has an eating disorders peer support worker who supports people of all ages with disordered eating. The centre is designed to help BC’s children, youth and their families find and use the resources they need in order to make informed decisions and access to appropriate services in their community. The centre’s services are free for all BC families and can be accessed in person, by telephone, or online.
Go to Facebook for a full list of upcoming Eating Disorder Awareness Week events taking place in BC.