Keanu Reaves and More Share PSA For World Eating Disorders Action Day
Eating disorders are a serious condition, but it is plagued by misunderstandings. Many people think of disorders like anorexia and bulimia as “girl problems” or “a young person’s disorder”, but neither of those is true. Eating disorders do not discriminate by gender, age, race, or even body size.
Because of these myths and misunderstandings, countless people who experience eating disorders in their lives never seek treatment. Even worse, some are turned away because they don’t fit the outdated ideas of who can suffer from an eating disorder.
Today is the first ever World Eating Disorders Action Day, a day focused on uniting organization and activists from 30 countries in an effort to clear up the myths and misunderstandings about eating disorders and advocate for more attention on the issue.
As writer and activist June Alexander explained to The Huffington Post:
“Eating disorders, by their very nature, are isolating illnesses. I know. I was held prisoner for more than forty years. I know the importance of reaching out, sharing, giving people a voice. I want everyone, everywhere, with eating disorder symptoms to know they are not alone, and to have access to the right care so they, like me, can recover. This is why I support the inaugural World Eating Disorders Action Day.”
To help bring attention to the day and raise awareness for eating disorders, writer/director Marti Noxon and the stars of her latest film, To The Bone, shared a PSA that has been getting a lot of attention online.
In the PSA, Noxon and stars like Keanu Reaves, Lily Collins, and Parks and Recreation actress Retta share the Nine Truths about Eating Disorders, a guide produced by the Academy for Eating Disorders.
The issue is particularly personal for Noxon. Her upcoming film is based on her own struggles with anorexia and how the myths surrounding the condition affected her life.