BENEFITING: The Eating Disorders Information Network, Inc.
EVENT: Merrick's Walk for EDIN 2015
EVENT DATE: Oct 25, 2015
Emma Faulkner wrote -
Merrick’s Walk in an annual event hosted by EDIN that started in memory of Merrick Ryan, who died in 2000 from complications of anorexia at the age of 19 years old. Merrick was an alum of Galloway School and was a freshman at Bates College in Maine when she passed away. She had talents and passions and dreams, and she was treasured by those who knew and loved her.
Some startling statistics:
*Greater than 30 million people of all ages and all genders suffer from an eating disorder in the US alone.
*Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
*Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment.
*Only 35% of people that receive treatment for eating disorders get treatment at a specialized facility for eating disorders.
* In judged sports – sports that score participants – prevalence of eating disorders is 13% (compared with 3% in refereed sports).
* Female athletes in aesthetic sports (e.g. gynmastics, ballet, figure skating) found to be at the highest risk for eating disorders.
*The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females.
* 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders.
Another eating disorder awareness group (NEDA) has a theme for many of their walks and events... "Everybody Knows Somebody"
This theme is very relevant for Merrick's Walk as well. Whether or not you know that you know, you still do know somebody that has a history of an eating disorder or is receiving treatment for an eating disorder or is secretly suffering from an eating disorder day in and day out. At Motion Stability this could be even more true than for your "average Joe." Motion Stability therapists and staff see hundreds of people in and out of the clinic daily- one of those people could be suffering from an eating disorder. Our therapists treat athletes and dancers of all levels, ages, and genders that are at risk for developing an eating disorder. One (or more) of those patients could already be suffering from an eating disorder. Occasionally our therapists are the first to pick up on some of the ED Red Flags that could help a person recieve the help they need for an eating disorder.
Please join the Motion Stability Team in helping to raise awareness about eating disorders and raise money to assist EDIN in their good work in the ATL area making eating disorder treatment easily available and accessable to those who need it!!
Remember... Everybody Knows Somebody... Help Motion Stability help EDIN in assisting all those "Somebodys" get the help they need to live happy and healthy lives!