Bipartisan Resolution for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives
On June 29, 2017, Congressman Tim Murphy [R-PA-18] and Congressman G.K. Butterfield [D-NC-1] of the House Energy & Commerce Committee led the introduction of a bipartisan House of Representatives Resolution to create a Congressionally recognized National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. With forty-two bipartisan U.S. House of Representatives signing-on as original co-sponsors, House Resolution Number 428 (H.Res.428) demonstrates a strong Congressional support for raising awareness and understanding of eating disorders.
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Nine Truths About Eating Disorders
The Residential Eating Disorders Consortium is proud to support “Nine Truths About Eating Disorders,” a statement that promotes awareness of eating disorders. Twelve other eating disorders organizations have also signed on to the “Nine Truths”, which was made possible by their collaboration: National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders, Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders, Academy for Eating Disorders, National Eating Disorders Association, The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation, The Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action, Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, Binge Eating Disorder Association, Eating Disorder Parent Support Group, International Eating Disorder Action, Project HEAL, and Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders.
“Nine Truths” will help address widespread false beliefs about eating disorders (e.g., “You can tell by looking at someone that they have an eating disorder”; “Families are to blame”). These misconceptions were outlined by Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED, in her 2014 talk “9 Eating Disorders Myths Busted,” the presentation on which “Nine Truths” is based. According to Dr. Bulik, “These consensus ‘Nine Truths’ are the new scaffold on which we will build our advocacy efforts for eating disorders. United around these principles, we can enlighten public understanding about eating disorders and advocate effectively for treatment access and resources.”
To access “Nine Truths About Eating Disorders,” please click here.
The Residential Eating Disorders Consortium (REDC) is a trade association of residential eating disorder treatment providers. The mission of REDC is to collaboratively address issues impacting residential treatment programs in an effort to increase access to residential eating disorder treatment for individuals struggling with eating disorders. For more information, please visithttp://redcconsortium.org.