Though thought to be a simple issue of eating and exercise issues, eating disorders are a serious and potentially life threatening condition that affect a person’s emotional, psychological, and physical health. Eating disorders are treated with a team approach of a physician, therapist, registered dietitian, and can also involve other practitioners such as a family therapist or psychiatrist, as needed.
The University of Alabama celebrates Body Appreciation Week as a campus recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW) traditionally celebrated nationwide during the last week of February each year. Week long events are held during Body Appreciation Week that promote positive body image and resources/education on eating disorders.
Various campus departments come together each year for programming including but not limited to the Department of Health Promotion and Wellness, UA Counseling Center, Women and Gender Resource Center, Housing and Residential Communities, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and University Recreation. Each year, partnerships with area treatment centers are established. Campus departments, student organizations, individuals, and off-campus groups are encouraged to participate in the planning and execution of events. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about involvement opportunities with Body Appreciation Week.