Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Right now, there is a serious concern for the health of people with eating disorder histories or those who could develop it. With stay-at-home orders in place, there’s a huge risk of a spike in eating disorders due to the unpredictable pattern of food availability and the stress and trauma that comes from dealing with a pandemic.
According to The Guardian, “The charity BEAT says calls to its helpline have increased by 50% and that there has been a 78% rise in contact via social media compared with February.”
With such a vulnerable time happening, there needs to be a plan in place to protect everyone, but especially the most vulnerable: children. The Eating Disorders Prevention in Schools Act of 2020 (Eating Disorders PSA) would”address the need for eating disorder prevention and intervention in schools across the United States, recommending ways in which their nutritional and physical education programs can be molded to recognize, address, and prevent eating disorders.”
Right now, at least 30 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. Children are impressionable and vulnerable, not to mention there are other factors involved. For instance, children where food security is an issue are more likely to develop eating disorders and right now, food insecurity is higher than ever.
Sign this petition urging Congress to sign the pass the Eating Disorders Prevention in Schools Act of 2020 (Eating Disorders PSA)!
If you need help, please reach out to the National Eating Disorders Helpline at (800) 931-2237.
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