The Center for Eating Disorders Blog

Upcoming Lobby Day on Capitol Hill: Advocate for Eating Disorder Prevention, Education, Treatment & Research

If you have ever been personally affected by an eating disorder or care about someone who has, you know just how long and difficult the road to recovery can be as a result of the complex medical and psychological symptoms that are involved.  The intensity of the struggles and the fact that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, can often leave individuals and families wondering what more could have been done in terms of prevention and access to treatment.  The Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) is leading efforts to try to help our federal government answer these questions so families don’t have to ask them anymore.

 On April 26th and 27th, 2010, EDC will lead a group of advocates to Capitol Hill to help inform Congress about the pressing need to include mental health coverage, with a specific focus on eating disorders, in our health care reform.  This month’s advocacy efforts will not only support improved access to care but, ultimately, will encourage federal implementation of prevention efforts and heightened research on effective treatments. 

 We’ve posted the mission, priorities and goals of EDC below.  If you agree and want to help work towards these goals, please join EDC on April 26th and 27th for their first LOBBY DAY of 2010.  For a small participation fee, registered advocates can enroll in a basic advocacy training, a message training and a Lobby Day Reception and Meet & Greet. Ready to take action? Register for Lobby Day HERE.  ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER!

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EDC MissionTo advance the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority

EDC Policy Priorities

  • Increase resources for research, education, prevention, and improved training
  • Promote federal support for improved access to care
  • Promote the national awareness of eating disorders as a public health problem
  • Promote initiatives that support the healthy development of children

EDC Goals

  • Raise awareness among policy makers and the public at large about the serious health risk posed by eating disorders
  • Promote federal support for improved access to care
  • Increase resources for research, education, prevention, and improved training
  • Increase funding and support for scientific research on the causes, prevention, and treatment of eating disorder
  • Promote initiatives that support the healthy development of children
  • Mobilize concerned citizens to advocate on behalf of people with eating disorders, their families, and professionals working with these populations

Visit the EDC website for more information about their ongoing projects and printable resources regarding eating disorder legislation.

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