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We know there is more than one answer to our campaign question. The complexity of eating disorders doesn’t scare us. We want to hear them all.

The intent of this campaign is to highlight the many different lenses through which we see (and can tackle) this disease. All of us will benefit from understanding eating disorders more holistically than we sometimes do. Moreover, by seeing the connections between these seemingly different points of view, we will be better able to “lock arms” against the disease — and really get to the other side.

Based on what we know and hear throughout this campaign, we will be sorting the submissions we receive into loosely themed groupings. These will likely change as the campaign progresses. Our goal throughout will be to reflect back, as fairly as we can, the gist of what we’re hearing.

Widespread Social Dialogue

I think one thing we can do is start looking at the conversations that never take place around eating disorders. Sometimes we don’t talk about eating disorders because they are surrounded in thick clouds of stigma, or they’re dismissed…

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Instilling Hope

One thing that’s gotta give is the attribution of labels such as “chronic” or “unmotivated” to patients who are struggling. From personal experience, I can say that being told that I/my illness was seen in that way made my heart sink…

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Listening to the Patient

I think something that’s gotta give in order to get to the other side of eating disorders, is the assumption (usually well meaning) that patients can’t/don’t know what is best for their recovery…

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Access to Timely, Appropriate Treatment

Something that’s gotta give is the accessibility of treatment for all who are struggling…Access to timely support, and treatment that fits the need of the individual is critical to getting to the other side of eating disorders…

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More Funding for Treatment & Prevention

One thing that’s gotta give is more funding for both treatment and prevention. Eating disorders are a disease and a serious mental illness. Those struggling with an eating disorder cannot recover alone and recovery is specific to each individual….

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Better Models of Treatment

One thing that’s gotta give is the model of treatment for eating disorders. Eating disorders are a complex disease. From personal experience having recovered from an eating disorder, the treatment requires a team of professionals…

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Break the Silence

One thing that’s gotta give is the breaking the silence around eating disorders. Having an eating disorder is a very personal matter and those suffering are often afraid to share their battle with this disease for fear of judgment…

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Education, Detection & Prevention

I certainly think more education for parents, teachers and adult mentors would do a world of good to prevent the next generation from being shadowed and haunted by anorexia. Education leads to early detection or even better prevention…

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Eliminate ED Stigma and Myth

One thing that’s gotta give is: Eliminating the stigma and myth surrounding eating disorders. Those who are suffering from eating disorders and their families face shame, guilt and fear…

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