The No te hagas pequeña Campaign and Blog CuerpoAdentro join the 25th Annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week,
Themed Everybody Knows Somebody,
Feb. 26-March 3
Observing 25 Years of Working for a World Without Eating Disorders
New York City — Wednesday, February 22, 2012 — For Immediate Release —The No te hagas pequeña Campaign will host an educational online event at Blog CuerpoAdentro during the 25th annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week) in an effort to bring public attention to the critical need to raise awareness and funding to battle eating disorders in the U.S.
Latinos in the United States, like any ethnic group, are not immune to the dangers of eating disorders. However, the Latino community is underserved in terms of eating disorders prevention resources. The No te hagas pequeña Campaign, the first healthy body esteem campaign for Spanish-speaking Latinas, and Blog CuerpoAdentro, a wellness blog in Spanish dedicated to empowering Latinas, will provide eating disorders prevention information in Spanish during the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Articles, interviews with experts and links to resources will be posted from Monday, February 26 thru March 3 at http:///www.cuerpoadentro.com
“The myth out there is that Latinos don’t suffer from eating disorders. Many people believe that the real problem in our community is obesity, not anorexia or bulimia,” said body esteem expert Corazon Tierra, creator of the No te hagas pequeña Campaign and Blog CuerpoAdentro, and a NEDAwareness Week coordinator.. ”But the reality is different. Eating disorders are becoming more common in the Latino community.”
During NEDAwareness Week, thousands of people come together in communities across the country, hosting events to raise awareness about body image and bring national attention to the severity of eating disorders, which are mental illnesses (not lifestyle choices) with devastating, often life-threatening, consequences. While there is hope and recovery is possible – particularly with early intervention – many people suffer from long-term effects of these illnesses.
Themed Everybody Knows Somebody in 2012, some of the many events planned for the week include presentations and health fairs in schools and on college campuses; screenings of informational films; fashion shows featuring men and women of all body types; art shows; The Great Jeans Giveaway; and NEDA Walk fundraisers.
NEDA encourages individuals to get the conversation started in every community by pledging to do just one thing to raise awareness and provide critical information on eating disorders and related issues. Everyone can participate by planning and/or getting involved in local NEDAwareness Week events and activities; providing information and resources; and by encouraging community members to model acceptance and celebration of diversity in body shapes and sizes.
For information on how to get involved during NEDAwareness Week: www.myneda.org
U.S. Statistics on Eating Disorders:
As many as 10 million females and 1 million males in the U.S. battle anorexia or bulimia. And as many as 13 million more struggle with binge eating disorder. Millions practice disordered eating due to an obsession with dieting.
Four out of 10 Americans either suffered or have known someone who has suffered from an eating disorder.
For females between 15- and 24-years-old-old who suffer from anorexia nervosa, the mortality rate associated with the illness is 12 times higher than the death rate of all other causes of death
40% of newly identified cases of anorexia are in girls 15-19 years old ? There was a significant increase in incidence of anorexia from 1935 to 1989, especially among young women 15-24
There has been a rise in incidence of anorexia in young women 15-19 in each decade since 1930
Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting and taking laxatives.
Girls who diet frequently are 12 times as likely to binge as girls who don’t diet ? 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner
81% of 10 –year-olds are afraid of being fat
The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds
Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women ? 46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets and 82% of their families are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets.
Blog CuerpoAdentro ™ is a wellness blog in Spanish that provides self-development, positive body esteem, healthy eating, empowerment and motivational content. Written by author, journalist and body esteem expert, Corazón Tierra, blog CuerpoAdentro is rapidly becoming popular among Latinas who want to empower themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin. Visit the blog at http://www.cuerpoadentro.com
The No te hagas pequeña ™ Campaign is the first healthy body esteem campaign created by Latinas for Latinas in the U.S. It helps Hispanic women to love their bodies unconditionally so they can reclaim their health and power from a space of self-love. Visit the website at http://www.notehagaspequena.com
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), headquartered in New York City, is the leading U.S. non-profit organization supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Each year, NEDA helps millions of people across the country find information and appropriate treatment resources through its toll-free, live helpline, its many outreach programs and website. NEDA advocates for advancements in the field and envisions a world without eating disorders. For more information, visit www.NationalEatingDisorders.org
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