Eating Disorders Awareness Week
24 February – 2 March 2014
Take Action, Become Aware!
Muslims are affected by Eating Disorders too. Eating Disorders do not discriminate between age, gender, race or class — no one is immune. Eating Disorders numbers are getting worse, with onsets as early as 5 years old and mortality rates as high as 20% – more than any other mental disease.
There is so much misunderstanding in Muslim countries about this illness. Hundreds and thousands of people are suffering this illness in silence in isolation in shame.
This February Let’s Talk about Eating Disorders and put an end to this silent suffering, stigma and shame. Eating Disorders are not a fad, a diet gone wrong, or an attention-seeking attempt, but serious mental illnesses.
Allah has never created a disease but created its treatment, that is known by some people and unknown to others, except death. (At-Tabarani).
Please join me in this fight against Eating Disorders. Education and awareness campaigns and early diagnosis are important ways to prevent the spread of Eating Disorders. We cannot afford to wait to take action because there are already death related cases across the world every day. We have to talk openly about Eating Disorders and make sure that everyone understands the danger of Eating Disorders, and the responsibility they have to seek professional medical help. The silence and stigma surrounding Eating Disorders must be broken and replaced by openness, good communication and compassion. Eating Disorders prevention campaign should reach every person in our community in some way.
Please try to do one thing this year to help raise awareness about eating disorders. You can distribute info pamphlets, put up posters, post information on Facebook or arrange interactive and educational events, panel discussions and more. These events and activities are vital to attracting public media attention – on local, national and international levels.
We know the importance of Friday sermons and how special they are. On Friday 28th February 2014, Please ask your Imam to highlight this topic at Jumma Prayers.
Change Needs to Happen NOW!