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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW): What You Need to Know

22nd February 2016

It’s that time of year again where the National Eating Disorder Association brings the world together to speak out about eating disorder awareness- and it’s as meaningful as ever. Raising awareness and improving understanding for mental health issues, including eating disorders, is paramount to saving lives. As such, this leads us to this year’s theme for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW) with ‘3 minutes can save a life. Get screened. Get help. Get healthy.’


what are the statistics?

Powerful and hard hitting statistics of those suffering with an eating disorder are one way to gain an understanding of the devastating effects the illness can have. Without help and treatment, 20% of those suffering with an eating disorder die prematurely. Its statistics like this that make clear that early prevention is vital in averting years of struggle and the onset of a full-scale eating disorder.



what are the signs and symptoms?

Eating disorders are notoriously secret in nature, making them especially hard to detect, however, by increasing eating disorder awareness, and what signs and symptoms to look out for, we can help those in need through early detection. Through NEDAW, we’ve collated a number of signs and symptoms to look out for, whether that be for yourself or others.



what are the contributing factors?

Eating disorders may occur from a number of contributing factors including psychological, interpersonal, social and biological. Although these aren’t absolute, and by all means aren’t always indicative of an eating disorder, it is important to note that eating disorders are coping behaviours which allude to other elements of life being out of control.



what eating disorder terms should you look out for?

With the main message of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week being early detection and intervention, we encourage both educators and parents alike to keep on the lookout for any key terms which may suggest the onset of an eating disorder.

Working extensively with national charities such as BEAT, Impero have created a keyword library packed full of words, phrases and acronyms which may suggest that a child is at risk of an eating disorder. Words and phrases may appear innocent at first glance, but a combination of multiple searches, as well as notable signs and symptoms, may be an indication of the onset of an eating disorder.

The inbuilt e-safety feature in Impero Education Pro, aids educators in detecting students who are potentially at risk, by flagging terms which have been typed by the student. The keyword library also provides definitions, which enables educators to determine the nature and severity of the search and to then take appropriate action and support that may be necessary.

Enforcing the key message of this year’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we’ve put together a list of key words and phrases that can aid in early detection and prevention.



what can we do for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW)?

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) are urging the public to complete a 3 minute online eating disorders screening. By completing the screening yourself, or by encouraging friends, family or anyone for that matter, to take part, we can aid people into getting help and getting healthy. Take the screening here.

But that’s not all! By sharing statistics, getting #NEDAwareness trending or even hosting an event, we can all get involved in fighting against eating disorders and helping to prevent the life threatening illness.


Don’t forget to tweet us using the hashtag #NEDAwareness!