One of things we value at Reasons is advocacy. We believe in the importance of bringing awareness to the fact that eating disorders affect people from all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities and sexualities. For the past two years we have committed to sponsoring the Marginalized Voices Project through the National Eating Disorder Association. We are excited to announce our support of the newest initiative for 2018.
NEDA has partnered with The Trevor Project for 2018 National Eating Disorder Awareness Week to put out a survey to give a voice to young LGBTQ+ people. The Trevor Project is a leading non-profit focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth. (www.thetrevorproject.org)
This survey is a research initiative with the goal of trying to understand how many LGBTQ+ youth have had previous thoughts of suicide and eating disorders. Studies have shown that as early as age 12, gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens may be at higher risk of binge-eating and purging than heterosexual peers. And among males who have eating disorders, 42% identify as gay.
You can see there is a great need for more research and treatment options.
We are proud to be supporting this initiative and if you identify or know someone who identifies as LGBTQ+ and is between the ages of 13-24, please consider this survey. Speak Out About Eating Disorders!
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