We can dedicate our careers to developing all manner of effective treatments, but if at the end of the day they are not reaching the vast majority of people who need them, what impact have we had? – AED President, S. Bryn Austin, FAED
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) President, Bryn Austin, has urged her members to be heroes in a powerful essay in today’s AED Forum. Speaking to this year’s WEDAD theme, Bryn encourages members to actively address the need for early detection and appropriate treatment for people with eating disorders. Read the first three paragraphs of Bryn’s essay:
Do you know what you’ll be doing on Sunday, June 2? Maybe planning your winter vacation if you happen to be in the southern hemisphere, planning your summer vacation if you’re in the northern hemisphere, or planning for monsoon season if you happen to be around the middle of the two. But no matter where you are, we can all be planning what we will do for World Eating Disorders Action Day (WEDAD) on June 2, 2019.
With the fourth annual WEDAD just around the corner, now is a great time to take stock of what we can do to collectively make progress for the eating disorders community. This year WEDAD is shining a light on the glaring need for improving training in eating disorders for frontline healthcare providers, namely pediatricians, primary care doctors, nurses, physician assistants, dentists, emergency room clinicians, and school health providers. What training do they need most? Early detection and appropriate referral for treatment.
We all want to have a positive impact, but one of the biggest set of hurdles we face as a community is that, because of myriad problems with healthcare delivery systems around the globe, the majority of people with eating disorders — or mental health conditions of any type, for that matter — do not get diagnosed or receive treatment. The recent comprehensive report from the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health makes it painfully clear that this is true in countries worldwide, regardless of whether a nation falls in the high end, low end, or in the middle of the range of the World Bank’s country income classifications. We can dedicate our careers to developing all manner of effective treatments, but if at the end of the day they are not reaching the vast majority of people who need them, what impact have we had?
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This year grassroots activists, volunteers, and over 250 organizations in 40+ countries are calling for caregivers to receive support, health care workers to be properly trained, and access to immediate, evidence-based treatment.
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How to support World Eating Disorders Action Day, June 2, 2019
As a Participating Organisation supporting 2019 World Eating Disorder Action Day, The Diary Healerhas released a new ebook, . Stories from around the world illustrate that recovery from an eating disorder IS possible, at every age. The first step, is to seek help. to purchase a copy for $9.97 (AUD) – all profits support eating disorder services.