Part II - The Alliance of Eating Disorder Awareness: Recovery

I’ve found Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2015 to be inspirational and thought provoking. There are so many organisations working out there and many individuals like myself, who try to do their bit.

Meeting two such individuals, Johanna Kandel and Sharon Glynn from the Alliance of Eating Disorder Awareness recently helped ME. I often feel like I’m shouting in the wind, that my lone efforts are, well, not as effective as larger groups. But Sharon and Johanna made me realise once more the importance of all of our efforts.

I always say it’s a team effort. And I guess I’m part of that team.

An essential part of the Alliance’s team is Sharon, their Director of Programming. Creating and presenting information to schools as well as healthcare professional and treatment facilities, working on the Alliance’s Treatment Referral Guides (great sources), fundraising and co-ordinating takes not just energy – but dedication and passion.

For example, Sharon explained that young men and women need presentations which are sensitive to potential ‘triggering’. As I well know – it’s a minefield. You need a fine balance between educating and making matters worse.

This balance influences their Support Groups, both in-house and in the community. Johanna told me how careful they are to differentiate between support, which they offer, and therapy – which they do not. Co-ed and ‘men only’ groups have begun, as more men seek help.(She has had some interesting reactions when speaking to fraternity groups about their body image issues…)

As we know eating disorders do not discriminate. Older women make up the fastest growing eating disorders group; the Alliance has women aged 65+ who frequent their support …continue reading Part II – The Alliance of Eating Disorder Awareness: Recovery