NEDA Walk-Syracuse

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I just wanted to do a quick write up and post about a local walk to benefit The National Eating Disorder Association that is happening this upcoming Saturday, May 3rd.  It is being hosted by Ophelia’s Place and is taking place at 10am in Long Branch Park in Liverpool.  I have been on the committee to organize the walk the last two years and now that I have a blog I figured it would be the perfect place to spotlight it and help spread the word! 🙂

A few facts on eating disorders from NEDA’s website:

-The recurrent binge-and-purge cycles of bulimia can affect the entire digestive system and can lead to electrolyte and chemical imbalances in the body that affect the heart and other major organ functions. 

-Binge eating disorder often results in many of the same health risks associated with clinical obesity

-Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives (Neumark-Sztainer, 2005).

-Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives (Neumark-Sztainer, 2005).

-By age 6, girls especially start to express concerns about their own weight or shape. 40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat. This concern endures through life (Smolak, 2011).

The NEDA walk will also feature a host of other facts about eatings disorders along the one mile path where the walk takes place.  Fresh fruit and water will be provided to walkers along with live entertainment and a variety of local vendors will be present.

Guest Speaker Jill Ouikahilo will also be there to share her story about her struggle with an eating disorder, how it nearly killed her career and how her survival lead to her teaching others how connect with their true selves through the movement of the body.

If you are interested in attending the walk or would like to donate to help NEDA reach their goal of raising $20,000, please visit this  site.  For those who don’t pre-register, registration will begin at 9 am at Long Branch Park.  You can also head on over to Facebook to RSVP to the event and invite friends to join you!