Eating Disorders affect people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, socioeconomic class, abilities, races, and ethnic backgrounds. That is why, from February 1st to 7th every year, Eating Disorder groups across Canada unite to commemorate Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) with a national week of action focused on educating the public about Eating Disorders.
Seeking help for any mental illness, let alone an eating disorder, is no easy task, but full recovery from an eating disorder can happen for everyone. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, or how long the eating disorder has been part of your life. It can be a difficult journey at times, but supports are available.
- Under 18: Check out your local Teen Clinic or health centre or the Child & Adolescent Eating Disorders Service at the Health Science Centre by calling 204.958.9660.
- Over 18: Check out Women’s Health Clinic (open to all genders) by calling 204.947.2422, ext. 137 (in Winnipeg) or toll-free 1.866.947.1517, ext. 137 (outside Winnipeg).
- For all ages: Check out Eating Disorders Manitoba for more resources.
Nation wide, you can access support through the National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC). They run an online chat and toll free phone line at 1-866-633-4220. It’s open 8am-8pm Monday to Thursday and Friday 8am to 4pm (Manitoba-Central time).