Eating Disorders Awareness

Mayor Frank G. Jackson presented a proclamation to Lana Stefanac, volunteer Navigator with NEDA, recognizing February 22nd through February 28th, 2015 as National Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Cleveland.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, eating disorders are a significant public health problem for individuals across their lifespan and according to the Cleveland Clinic, eating disorders have the highest mortality of any mental illness and remain a great concern. Eating disorders can develop in anyone regardless of gender, age, race, social or ethnic background. Three of the most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder.

This year, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is focusing on the importance of early intervention and recognizing the diverse experiences of people personally affected by eating disorders. Too often, signs and symptoms are overlooked as insignificant behaviors when in fact, many of these are early warning signs of eating disorders.

The Terminal Tower will be lit blue and green on February 23, 2015 to encourage Clevelanders to work together to promote awareness of eating disorders and support those battling eating disorders in our community and their families. 

Photographer: 
Ruggero Fatica