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Proclamation - Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) February 1, 2018 to February 7, 2018

Thursday January 18th, 2018

WHEREAS Eating Disorder Awareness Week will be from February 1 – 7, 2018;

AND WHEREAS: The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is Canada’s only national organization dedicated to helping those with eating disorder, food and weight preoccupation and related issues. NEDIC provides information, education, resources and referrals to individuals with eating disorders, their families, friends and health care professionals;

AND WHEREAS: Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among all psychiatric illnesses and can develop in anyone, regardless of age, ethno-racial background, socioeconomic status, gender or ability;

AND WHEREAS; Stigma, secrecy and stereotypes still surround eating disorders, causing many people who are suffering to refrain from seeking help;

AND WHEREAS; Open supportive dialogue can help break the shame and silence that affect nearly 1 million Canadians living with diagnosable eating disorders and the millions of others who are struggling with food and weight preoccupation;

AND WHEREAS; Eating Disorder Awareness Week seeks to raise awareness of eating disorders, shed light on dangerous and pervasive myths, and promote prevention. It is also a time of year for Canadians to learn about available resources and appropriate services for themselves and/or loved ones;

AND WHEREAS, Eating Disorder Awareness Week aims to teach Canadians that eating disorders are not a choice, and that eating disorders are a serious and dangerous mental illness.

NOW, THEREFORE ON BEHALF OF the council and citizens of the Township of North Huron, I, Reeve Neil Vincent, do hereby proclaim February 1, 2018 to February 7, 2018 as Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW).

Reeve Neil Vincent                                                                                                         
Township of North Huron