Tomorrow marks the start of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
In honor of this, I’d like to take a moment to highlight the work of the Tri-Cities’ first and only Eating Disorder Resource Center, A Place of Healing in Johnson City, Tennessee.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. have suffered from a clinical eating disorder at some point in their lives. Since opening their doors in 2014, A Place of Healing has been a haven for many seeking professional resources and treatment, along with friends and family members.
In line with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, A Place of Healing strives to ensure that those struggling with eating disorders know they are not alone and “can successfully make their recovery stronger than their disease.”
With the state of our society’s media onslaught of misinformation regarding food, dieting, body image, and health, there are too many opportunities to start feeling ashamed or guilty about personal eating habits, body image, or lifestyle.
If you or someone you know may be struggling with an eating disorder, take this week to learn more about eating disorders and resources available to begin the road to recovery.
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist on the board of A Place of Healing, I believe that by adopting a team approach to treatment — with the client’s physician, therapist, and dietitian, as well as family and friends — and working together to establish a dynamic, proactive support system, positive changes can begin! Read more what I have to say about A Place of Healing and Eating Disorders Awareness here.
National Eating Disorders Helpline: 800.931.2237