The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is addressing the major eating disorder problem in our country by creating the Feeding Hope Fund that focuses on raising money for clinical research and training on each eating disorder.
During this year’s observance of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, the 26th annual recognition of awareness, that just wrapped up on March 2, 2013, NEDA hosted events throughout the week of February 24 and March 2 to make people more conscious of the prevalence of eating disorders and of the repercussions eating disorders have on those suffering and on those who love those who are suffering from the illnesses.
Feeding Hope Fund
The National Eating Disorders Association set a goal of $500,000 for the Feeding Hope Fund.
NEDA wants to raise that amount of money, through tax-deductible donations, within the 2013 calendar year so that funding, in the form of grants, can be awarded to qualified clinical researchers and experts in the field who want to conduct studies for the advancement of the understanding of eating disorders.90% of the funds will go directly to research and to the training of medical and mental health professionals, in an effort to better detect and treat presenting symptoms of eating disorders in clients of all ages.
NEDA reports that, in the United States alone, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from the effects of an unhealthy relationship with body image, food, and exercise. The projected $500,000 raised through the effort of the Feeding Hope Fund will allow for the development of new treatments that can help those 30 million individuals.Lynn Grefe, the Chief Executive Officer of NEDA, believes that, “When is comes to eating disorders, the Feeding Hope Fund is making the best use of today for tomorrow’s challenges.”