Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Why Eating Disorder PREVENTION is SO incredibly important!

The definition of prevention is any systematic attempt to change the circumstances that promote, sustain, or intensify problems, such as eating disorders.  Primary Prevention refers to programs, such as PEDAW, that are designed to prevent the occurrence of eating disorders before it begins.  Secondary Prevention refers to programs, again like PEDAW, that attempt to correct unhealthy lifestyles and thinking in its early stages before it becomes an eating disorder.  

So, why is campaigns such as PEDAW so important?  Consider the following food for thought:  

  • Over one million people in Canada suffer from an eating disorder or have significant symptoms. 
  • 91% of college students attempted to control their weight through diet. 
  • 81% of 10-year-old students are afraid of being fat.
  • 51% of 9 and 10-year-old students feel better about themselves if they are on a diet.

These statistics briefly shed some light on the severity of a widespread struggle that has a particular hold on youth. This is exactly why we provide an eating disorder prevention approach and resiliency based system of services, workshops, education, and support to people of all ages in the Province of B.C.


Be sure to go online and VOTE for the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign so we can continue our passion for the PREVENTION of ALL eating disorders!  
You can vote once a day until June 22nd, 2013!

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