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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016

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Sunday, February 21st kicks off National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year's campaign stresses early detection and intervention, a key focus in all SAGE communities. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, over 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder—and many begin that struggle young. Children as young as seven have been diagnosed with eating disorders. While genetic predisposition is a factor in the development of eating disorders, environmental cues also make a huge impact—in combination with stressors...


The Right Message


The pressure to be perfect can be overwhelming. “Children, even preschool children, are exposed to countless commercials and messages regarding weight loss, dieting products and beauty products. These messages, coupled with the anti-obesity campaign, promote the message that fat is bad,” says Dr. Jennifer Harriger, lead researcher at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. As adults, we have been exposed to these messages and understand the pressure from the media to be perfect. We have the tools and the experience...


Change the Conversation


You’ve heard the negative talk: I’m fat; She should not be wearing those jeans; I wish I looked like the model on TV. It is all too common for young people to speak disparagingly about their bodies and the appearance of others. Stop the cycle. Don’t allow the of use negative language when describing physical characteristics. What seems like innocent talk can inspire destructive feelings and actions. Better yet, let’s shift the focus away from appearances and put it towards...


National Eating Disorders Awareness Week


National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 23-March 1, an event to increase awareness of the disorders through organized campaigns, presentations and published writings. Created by National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the week calls on people, organizations, scientists and policymakers to promote change that will improve the detection, treatment and quality of life for those suffering from these disorders. SAGE Dining Services® is responding. We are committed to providing a safe and respectful dining environment for all students. Our nutrition...


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