NEDAwareness Week 2016: February 21-27!


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Eating Disorders are serious Mental Health Problems and affects everyone, including Muslims.

More than twenty years ago, Princess Diana spoke about her struggle with Eating Disorder. We didn’t take the disease seriously, we thought it will not affect us, how wrong were we? Today Eating Disorder has spread and affects 70 Million people worldwide and this includes Muslims as well.  People don’t realize the disease can be fatal and has highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.

Dear Readers,

We are proud to partner with National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) for NEDAwareness 2016 week. Please join us, together we can make a difference. The theme this year is 3 Minutes Can Save a Life: Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy.

We urge the civil society organisations and media persons to create awareness of the Eating Disorder among masses this February. With greater awareness and right information these people suffering from Eating Disorders, can be reached before the illness takes over their entire lives. The longer it is before help receives them, the greater the demand on our limited resources and more prolonged the recovery.

Early Screening Could have spared this family so much grief:

We could have managed the disease from early on in her life. Now it’s gone too far, our daughter doesn’t want to recover.  A grieving Mother

My Daughter’s Anorexia

Early Screening and Help could have saved the life of an Iranian Princess and helped so many other sufferers who’ve now traveled with their illness into marriage into motherhood and professions.

Early Screening and help could have spared these children so much grief. The ED completely overtook their mother’s life and damaged  the fabric of family. 40 Year Old Divorcee


We  ask the Muslim Governments to find affordable avenues of help for people suffering from Eating Disorders. Treatment should be free and available to all.

If you’re worried you or your loved one has an Eating Disorder, get tested as soon as possible.  3 Minutes Screening can detect the ED and can tell how long a person has been struggling with their ED. The sooner you’re diagnosed, the quicker you can access treatment, so you can lead a full and healthy life.


Last year we led a successful campaign.

To read about last Year’s Campaign click here. Thank you to Everyone who helped.


Please Read below NEDAwareness Campaign Overview and Don’t Forget to Download their Tool kit. 



National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week) is an annual campaign to bring public attention to the critical needs of people with eating disorders and their families. The focus of this year’s campaign is on early detection and intervention.

The focus of this year’s campaign, themed 3 Minutes Can Save a Life: Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy, is on early detection and intervention. NEDA has partnered with Screening for Mental Health, Inc., to develop an anonymous, free, online screening–which takes as little as just three minutes to complete–from which participants can learn if it’s time to seek professional help.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder and 30 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life.

“Eating disorders can hide in plain sight and frequently go undiagnosed until someone’s health is at significant risk. These are life-threatening bio-psycho-social illnesses, not a ‘lifestyle choice.’ It’s time to get beyond the stigma and stereotypes and recognize the diverse experiences of people affected by disordered eating,” said Claire Mysko, interim CEO of NEDA. “Early intervention is a critical first step toward ending this epidemic, and everyone who is struggling deserves to be able to access help without delay to provide them the best chance possible of full recovery.”

Get involved today


How Can You Help Us Raise Awareness?

There are many ways that you can spread the word to help Muslims recognize the symptoms of ED and take action.

كُلُّ مَعْرُوفٍ صَدَقَةٌ

Every good deed is charity.

Source: Sahih Muslim 1005, Grade: Sahih

Animated-Bullet-DiamondRed  Distribute the leaflets, put up posters

You could speak to your local GP surgery or pharmacy about displaying NEDA posters and giving out leaflets. Put up posters in your office, university or school, or share the poster online. 

NEDAwareness Week Poster


Animated-Bullet-DiamondRedShare your story on our website

Sharing your story and experiences of Eating Disorder can help other people who are affected by the disease to feel less alone.

Please email us:  if you would like to share your story of Eating Disorder on our website, whether you are a sufferer or a relative, spouse or friend whose loved one is affected.

Animated-Bullet-DiamondRedShare the Videos

A quick and easy way to raise awareness of Eating Disorder and to help people remember an learn the signs and symptoms is to share the videos.

You could post videos on twitter and facebook or even include it in your email signature. Share it today and encourage everyone to dispel the myths and look out for the signs.


Animated-Bullet-DiamondRedHold a Screening Event

Get Screened


NEDA 2016

Struggling with food or exercise issues? Take this free, confidential online eating disorders screening.

Click Here to Get Screened

Animated-Bullet-DiamondRed  Download and Share NEDA 2016 Toolkit

Get Involved: Get in the Know. NEDA Toolkit 2016

Symptoms in Patients

Download: Recognizing Symptoms in Patients Guide NEDA 2016


How to Help

Download: How to Help Guide NEDA 2016


Eating Disorders in School

Download: Eating Disorders in School NEDA 2016


NEDA 2016

Download: Eating Disorder Screening Event Guide 2016

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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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