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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating disorders—such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder—include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for people of all genders. 

Many eating disorders begin during college, when for some the pressures of college life can exacerbate or contribute to the onset of an eating disorder. It’s more important than ever to raise awareness about the dangers of these illnesses on campus, and the resources available to students affected.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is the largest education and outreach effort on eating disorders in the United States. The aim of NEDAW is to increase awareness and education about eating disorders and body image issues for effective recognition, early intervention and direction to care.

At the University of Illinois, the Women’s Resources Center works with a variety of campus units as part of the NEDAW committee to develop programs and educational events to decrease eating and body image concerns on campus and provide support and resources for students who are struggling with an eating disorder.

To get involved with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW) planning or events, or to submit an event to our calendar, please contact the Women's Resources Center at, or phone at 217.333.3137.