BENEFITING: The Eating Disorders Information Network, Inc.
EVENT: Merrick's Walk for EDIN
Emily Zoino wrote -
Hi everybody! Thanks for visiting our team page! I'm on the Junior Advisory Board of the Eating Disorders Information Network, and we promote the awareness and prevention of eating disorders, positive body image, and healthy lifestyles, both mentally and physically.
I am in recovery from anorexia, and I feel passionate about sharing with others that we need to free ourselves from hating our bodies and thinking negatively about ourselves. We are all so much more than our bodies, and we need to start loving them, listening to them, and treating them with respect and appreciation! This is one way that we can help prevent the spread of eating disorders.
Did you know that according to research, 35-57% of adolescents engage in crash dieting, fasting, self-induced vomiting, using diet pills, or using laxatives? How about that 80% of 13-year olds have attempted to lose weight? The statistics continue, showing us that eating disorders and the self-hatred that fuels them is becoming more of a problem now than ever. Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents, as well as the mental illness with the HIGHEST mortality rate (up to 20%). Ninety-five percent of those with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25, but they can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status.
The unattainable standards that society promotes help perpetuate the very common ideals that we are never good enough and always have something we need to change in order to be worthy. In our society that is obsessed with losing weight and intent on making us feel inadequate in our own bodies, we need to take a stand and spread awareness and self-love! There is a lot of stigma and misinformation surrounding eating disorders, and education is the best way to change that!
Thank you for supporting Team Nala, and I hope you'll walk with us!
Merrick’s Walk for EDIN is a 2.7 mile walk around Chastain Park with the following purposes:
- to raise awareness of eating disorders,
- to remember those who have lost their battle with an eating disorder, and
- to raise funds for the Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN) and its prevention programs in schools and the community of Atlanta.
The event began in 2001 in honor of Merrick Ryan, a 19-year old Galloway alum who died from complications of anorexia.
This year, the theme for Merrick’s Walk for EDIN is “more than a number.” The meaning of this theme is twofold. Statistics about deaths resulting from eating disorders, although shocking, can be impersonal and allow us to feel detached from the issue. We want to make it known that individuals like Merrick are more than a statistic. The theme also promotes the idea that in such a health- and weight-conscious society, we are more than our measurements, our weight, or the calories that we consume. Our value cannot be defined by a number.
Please join us in our mission to spread eating disorder awareness and promote our prevention efforts in Atlanta. Thank you for your support!