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Raising awareness: Destigmatizing eating disorder

BACKGROUND:

What sparked my interest to want to raise awareness for eating disorders is because this subject is not talked about very often in schools. It’s important that mental illness is covered in schools because many struggle with these disorders. Eating disorders are a daily struggle for 10 million females and 1 million males in the United States. According to the Walden Center for Education and  Research, 40% of teenage females have eating disorders. By educating student and teachers it will help create more of a comfortable subject to discuss in classes.


THE CHALLENGE:

Many high schoolers don’t understand the root cause of stigma and why they think like this. 30 million people suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. I want to understand where stigmas associated with eating disorders come from, and to learn ways to reduce these stigmas.


THE SOLUTION:

I would like to possibly have an eating disorder awareness week at my school. My plan is to make posters to hang around the school. I would like to Include addresses for different eating disorder treatment centers. I would also include information on what to do if you know someone that has an eating disorder. Lastly, I would like to somehow implement discussing eating disorders into health classes. I am in a program called WINGS, which is a senior-freshmen peer mentoring program at my school. It would be a great idea to somehow institute educating students/faculty about eating disorders and the trigger warnings that are associated. 


WHAT’S NEXT?

My next step is to have a conversation with my school counselor to see how I can move forward, and to create posters that will be displayed across campus. The big question that I would like to find a solution to is how do we help people help people? I know that a lot of people are often put in the position where they know someone that struggles with an eating disorder, but they are unsure of how to help the person. I would also like to know about how do we go about tackling this issue.

My plan:
1. These are the two posters that I would like my product to resemble. I like how on the left poster facts are included, and a phone number to contact a counselor. As well as those two, I really like how the poster on the right includes symptoms to most common eating disorders and the danger signs that are associated with it. These posters will be hung up around the most popular places on the campus such as the bathroom, the barn, vollum, and dant.

Here is the poster that I created.

poster

2. Implement a eating disorder awareness week into the school’s curriculum. Talk to the school counselor about how to do this. We will spend a week discussing anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders in each of the freshman health classes. It would be great to have this be taught by students from my school as well as a couple of faculty.


SOURCES CITED:

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/03/health/infographic.eating.disorders/

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/blog/get-facts-eating-disorders-infographics

 

 

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COMMENTS: 3
  1. April 28, 2017 by Zoe T

    I love the idea of creating posters around school that can both raise awareness and be a resource to those around. I think suggestion to take in would be to partner with an organization or find out a possible fund raiser to increase awareness even more and build bonds with great resources. I would love to see how you incorporate eating disorder awareness into the curriculum, especially for those coming into high school, though I am curious on how this will happen. For the website, I loved the flow from each section to another, but I would maybe add some more videos like the one in the solution section, those are very powerful. Great job! <3

  2. April 28, 2017 by Emma Grew

    I really like your idea of making posters and distributing them around your school since many people don’t usually know much about eating disorders and aren’t being educated about them so they are more prone to form an eating disorder without knowing they have an eating disorder. It is extremely important to teach people, especially teens and young children, about eating disorders and about the signs that come with them in order to prevent more people from having eating disorders. I really enjoyed the video you added and I would recommend you to present the video to your school and encourage people to share it so more people are aware of different eating disorders.

  3. April 30, 2017 by Arden S

    Hi Yasmin, I really like your presentation, video and picture/infographics used. Its obvious how passionate you are to make a change and inform people of this prevelant mental illness. I think that the poster idea is really smart and will benefit lots of people. Great job!

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