The final week of February is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Eating disorders impact women and men of all ages. In Minnesota alone, more than 57,000 adolescents and 145,000 adults are affected.
At the Mall of America this Sunday, hundreds will take part in a walk to raise money and awareness for the National Eating Disorders Association or NEDA. One of those walking will be 14-year-old Addie Gleekel who, for the past four years, has battled anorexia. Addie is still recovering from the illness, but wanted to share her story to help other teens and families.
We like to talk about eating healthy and exercising, but doing this can be difficult when you have an eating disorder. It’s an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating.
It’s estimated that one in 10 children has some kind of mental health issue. That’s why WCCO-TV is starting a project on Tuesday nights that hopes to introduce you to some of the kids being helped by Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis.