How to Be a Body Positive Advocate

Next week is National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) Week (February 26th-March 4th). To individuals who have had or are currently struggling with an eating disorder, this week means a lot. It's a time for compassion, reflection, and positivity. Even though it's NEDA week for most people, it's a lifetime for those who have experienced an eating disorder.

This NEDA Week, my goal is to give others the tools to be body positive advocates in their own social circles. If I learned anything from my experience, it's that the people you surround yourself with make all the difference - for better or for worse. I want everyone to have the tools to be a supportive resource for their peers to build strong communities free of disordered eating and exercise. 

If you know someone who has an eating disorder, know that talking about it may not make everything better but it's far better than not saying anything at all. Let them know you are talking to them about it because you care. Reach out to NEDA for help talking to someone, finding resources for treatment in your area, and general questions. They also offer a free, confidential screening to assess if your eating and exercise habits fall on the eating disorder spectrum. 

You can also take steps to be a body positive advocate in your social circles. Here are a few ways to do it. Feel free to share this infographic with others as well. Happy NEDA Week!