The week of Monday February 27, through Sunday March 5, 2023, is “Eating Disorder Awareness Week” (“EDAW”). EDAW is an annual campaign originated by the National Eating Disorder Association and its allies to increase awareness and educate the public on signs, symptoms, and available treatment for eating disorders. This year’s focus is “Strength through Experience and Knowledge” and recognizing that “It’s Time for a Change.”
Eating disorders are often overlooked or ignored even though they have the second highest mortality rate for any mental health disorder, second only to overdose deaths due to opioid use disorder. 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some time in their life. Despite the popular misconception that eating disorders affect only teenage girls, eating disorders can affect people of all genders, age groups, and racial/ethnic backgrounds.
In support of EDAW, LCL will be presenting a CLE on eating disorders entitled “Hiding in Plain Sight – Eating Disorders” on February 16, 2023. In addition to a discussion of the signs, symptoms, and treatment of eating disorders in general, and the impact on the legal profession in particular, this program will include a discussion with my daughter, Molly, about her personal struggle with anorexia and the experience, strength, and hope she has found in her recovery.
To attend this program, go the “News and Events” tab of the LCL website where you can register.
If you are worried that you or someone you know may be struggling with an eating disorder, LCL can help.