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Immediate Release

February 4, 2004

Eating Disorder Awareness Week -

We can make a difference! 

Richmond Hill - February 1 st to February 7th, 2004 is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Events will be taking place across Canada to help increase knowledge of this deadly disease.   Frank Klees, MPP Oak Ridges is proud to help raise local awareness about eating disorders and the devastating effect they can have on individuals and families.   The United States, United Kingdom and Australia also organize Eating Disorder Awareness Weeks during February and March.

When a person's attitudes about food, weight and body size lead to very rigid eating habits that jeopardize their health, happiness, and safety, there is a strong possibility they have an eating disorder. Several different types of eating disorders exist.   Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are the two most common eating disorders that are affecting young women and men today.  

Detecting an eating disorder is often difficult because of the shame and secrecy surrounding the disorder.    "Attitudes like these have got to change," said Klees. "Eating disorders are a serious, potentially life threatening, medical condition".   

"If you suspect that someone you know has developed an eating disorder, address it - you may be saving a life," urged Klees.   The earlier the person gets help, the more likely they are to make an early and full recovery from their eating disorder.

It has become increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy body image in today's society, which places so much importance on physical appearance. "Eating disorders must not be treated as a vanity issue but as the serious medical condition that it is," said Klees. With increased awareness, we can change the influence of media images, and prevent young women and men from being negatively influenced".


For more information

Frank Klees

905 707 3160


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If you would like more information on eating disorders you can visit:

•  Sheena's Place  

•  Sheena's Place is a centre offering services in a welcoming, non-institutional environment and is located centrally in downtown Toronto close to public transportation. Individuals do not live at Sheena's Place. They provide support programs for people with eating disorders and their families.

•  National Eating Disorder Information Centre

•  The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is a Toronto-based, non-profit organization, established in 1985 to provide information and resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation. They have a national database of service providers.

•               Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre

•  Hopewell was founded in August 1999 by three parents of teens with anorexia who became frustrated by the lack of information, support and self-help services around eating disorders available in the Ottawa region. Inspired by the work done by Sheena's Place in Toronto, they decided to form Hopewell to provide persons affected by eating disorders with the additional support and resources they need throughout the treatment and recovery process.

•  Family and Friends Against Disordered Eating

•  F.A.D.E. is a non-profit charity comprised of parents working to connect parents with parents and to educate the public, professionals and the government about the health risks associated with eating disorders. They are raising funds for the establishment of a treatment/recovery facility in Ontario.

For a listing of Eating Disorder Awareness Week events in your area visit National Eating Disorder Information Centre .

February 2004