There are certain schools of thought in our society, where eating disorder is seen as a way of life, and something that needs to be accepted and respected. Certain websites and forums are out there campaigning for the rights of anorexics and to erase the negative stigma that is attached to its followers. The web traffic increases on such websites, as more people become fixated on certain form of body image, and are in desperate need to find justification for their actions.
Islamic body of law has not dealt with many cases of Eating Disorders. In Muslim culture people struggle to come to terms with this level of illness, as it becomes difficult to rationalize and understand whether it’s self afflicted or psychological. Opinions are clearly divided between all four major schools of thought on whether anorexia bulimia is self afflicted or a form of illness that acquires effective treatment under medical supervision. We don’t have the statistics that can provide us with accurate figures for those who suffer from Eating Disorders in Muslim countries. The treatment options are very limited and at times only available to a narrow and affluent faction of society.
World Eating Disorders Day is fast approaching, June 2, 2021. We’ve collaborated with an organization in Pakistan for this day. We have joined hands with Dr Madeeha from Hamdard University Islamabad and on June, 2 we will be holding a panel discussion to discuss equity for eating disorders and research gaps in literature in Pakistan and Asia.
About World Eating Disorders:
World Eating Disorders Action Day is a grassroots movement designed for and by people affected by an eating disorder, their families, and the medical and health professionals who support them. Uniting activists across the globe, the aim is to expand global awareness of eating disorders as genetically linked, treatable illnesses that can affect anyone. The Sixth Annual World Eating Disorders Action Day will take place on 2 June 2021 across the globe. This year our focus is about #Equity4EatingDisorders
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Members of the eating disorder community, including affected individuals and their families, professionals, researchers, and policy makers, have united virtually to increase access to accurate information, eradicate myths and collectively advocate for resources and policy change.
This year, we call on you to take action to improve training for health care providers and support for caregivers! Learn more by visiting our About page!
The 2021 theme features #Equity4EatingDisorders social media campaign!
Countries can speak to: 1) Equity for addressing all forms of ED; 2) Equity in research and program funding; 3) Equity in access to treatment and recovery; and 4) Equity for marginalized and under represented groups.
More than 200 organisations from over 50 countries and 1000s of activists are working together on 6 social media platforms and locally to make a difference in how eating disorders are understood and treated! A Steering Committee comprised of global diverse individuals provides strategic guidance. The larger activist community is engaged in every step of developing messaging, materials and outreach.
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We’ve created awareness of World Eating Disorders Day on our instagram, addressing some concerns we have regarding Eating Disorders in Muslim Communities. Please visit us to check our activities on Instagram.