With summer just around the corner, what better way to
get back in shape than to take part in the Inaugural Los Angeles NEDA (National
Eating Disorders Association) Walk this Saturday, March 2 in Santa Monica.
Themed “Save a Life,” registration will began at 10 am
at Crescent Bay Park, 2000 Ocean Avenue (just south of the Santa Monica Pier).
The event schedule is as follows: Yoga stretch warm-up
from 10 am to 10:30 am, guest speakers from 10:30 am to 11 am, walk from 11 am
to noon (Crescent Bay Park to the pier and back - less than one mile
Closing remarks will be held at noon, followed by music
performed by Mallory Fay and then Carol Schiada & Company until 2 pm.
NEDA is the leading non-profit organization in the
United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families
affected by eating disorders.
Reaching millions every year, the organization campaigns
for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research
funding to better understand and treat eating disorders.
NEDA invites friends and family to spread awareness of
the seriousness of eating disorders.
Saturday’s walk in Santa Monica is being held to raise
awareness about the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early
intervention and treatment.
The goal is also to raise about $50,000 to help fund
NEDA’s many important programs. Master of Ceremonies will be award-winning
eating disorder specialist and author, Carolyn Costin, with special guest,
internationally known author and speaker, Jenni Schaefer.
The event will feature face painting, games, and more.
The cost is $25 per adult, $10 per child under 12, and
$5 per pet.
To pre-register, visit www.nedawalks.org/losangeles2013
or contact 212.575.6200 or email@example.com.
Eating Disorder Statistics
• 20 million
women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder
at some time, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, or an eating disorder
not otherwise specified (EDNOS).
• Four out
of 10 Americans either suffered or have known someone who has suffered from an
• By age 6,
girls especially start to express concerns about their own weight or shape
percent of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight
or about becoming too fat. This concern endures through life.
• 46 percent
of nine- to 11-year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets and 82
percent of their families are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets.
• 35 percent
of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25 percent
progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders.
one-half of teenage girls and one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight
control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes,
vomiting, and taking laxatives.
• 40 percent
of newly identified cases of anorexia are in girls 15-19 years old.
disorders often occur with one or more other psychiatric disorders, which can
complicate treatment and make recovery more difficult. Among those who suffer
from eating disorders, alcohol and other substance abuse disorders are four
times more common than in the general populations.
• For females between 15- and
24-years-old who suffer from anorexia nervosa, the mortality rate with the
illness is 12 times higher than the death rate of all other causes of
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