National Eating Disorders Assn. First Annual Walk in Biloxi to Help End Eating Disorders

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Updated: 3/20 3:21 pm
The National Eating Disorders Association (N.E.D.A.) will hold its first annual N.E.D.A. Walk in Biloxi and in many of other cities around the country to raise awareness and much needed funding to battle anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.

The N.E.D.A. Walk in Biloxi will take place on March 22, 2014 at the Tradition Community. To find out how to register, sponsor a walker, or donate to N.E.D.A., visit www.nedawalk.org.

Nearly 24 million people in the U.S. suffer from anorexia and bulimia; millions more from binge eating disorder. These illnesses affect people from all walks of life. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

"Until recently, most people have suffered in silence with eating disorders," said Lynn Grefe, N.E.D.A. C.E.O. "The Walk is a way of breaking the silence, creating community, and giving people the opportunity to join together and do something to help eradicate these debilitating illnesses."

Nearly everyone knows someone suffering from an eating disorder. Tracy and Tabitha Williams encourage everyone to join the N.E.D.A. Walk to help families affected on the Gulf Coast to overcome these illnesses and, ultimately, to find a cure.

With organizers planning N.E.D.A. Walks throughout the country, N.E.D.A. expects to attract many thousands of walkers, and hopes to raise close to $100,000 the first year. The funds will be used to support the educational and advocacy programs N.E.D.A. offers to support families affected by eating disorders.

For more information about the walk in Biloxi, please contact Tracy Williams, biloxi.nedawalk@gmail.com
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