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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.

Robust ED Research

If we’re really going to fight this disease effectively, we need more current and far-reaching statistical analysis, clinical studies, and innovative action research. So much of the eating disorder research that’s out there is old or overly generalized…

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3 Things

What’s gotta give is more public funding for prevention research and programming, more safe spaces for people who need support, and higher standards for media images that target young women.

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Invest in Better ED Recovery Rates

One of the things that’s gotta give is our complacency around ED recovery rates. We need to invest in and really commit to researching and developing effective ED treatments and therapies. Hundreds of thousands of people have EDs in this country …

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Healthcare Investment in EDs

The other thing that has “gotta give” is the priority of healthcare for eating disorders. We should be investing in timely, evidence-based, effective treatment for all persons affected, and it should be funded…

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Dedication to Overcoming EDs

One thing that’s gotta give is the belief that “a cure” is illusive if not impossible. There is a research vacuum; eating disorders are the missing subject in the health professions. Few resources are…

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Preventive Approaches

One thing that’s gotta give is more understanding and awareness of preventive approaches that are effective AND respectful to everyone involved when an eating disorder develops.

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Strategic Prevention

One thing that’s gotta give is having a clear, thorough, and research-based prevention strategy. We may want to consider calling prevention “reducing the risk of EDs”, whereby we increase the prevention factors, decrease the risk factors.

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