DENVER, April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 3, Eating Recovery Center (ERC) will kick off the first-ever "Eating Recovery Day," an event dedicated to building greater awareness of the pervasive nature of eating disorders and inspiring hope for recovery. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and at least 30 million people suffer from eating disorders in the United States. ERC will spread a much-needed positive message to let patients, families and communities know that lasting eating disorder recovery is possible and worth it.
Everyone is encouraged to join the conversation by sharing their story of recovery—or celebrating a family member or friend—by showing support on social media channels leading up to, and on May 3, using #EatingRecoveryDay.
"Eating disorders can impact anyone—men and women, young and old, and all economic classes and races. Despite the high mortality rate, there is still a stigma and many people avoid seeking treatment and are unaware of how serious and life-altering eating disorders can be," said Ken Weiner, MD, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Eating Recovery Center. "To make an impactful change, it is imperative to build awareness and create better understanding that recovery is possible through proper treatment."'
To amplify ERC's efforts and lend her support, actress and media personality, Candace Cameron Bure is participating by sharing her personal story, and encouraging others to do the same. Bure has been transparent in recent years about her earlier struggles with bulimia. She says she had a healthy body image growing up on "Full House," but the illness developed when she moved out of the spotlight and to Montreal for her husband's career (hockey player, Valeri Bure).
"I struggled, shifting into the new role of being a wife, no longer working and living in a new city with no real friends or family," Cameron-Bure shared. "I turned to food for comfort and my bulimia developed, giving me a false sense of stress relief and control," she added.
"It's an honor to join Eating Recovery Center in this effort and help others realize that they're not alone in their illness, and neither are their friends or family who want to help them but aren't sure how," Cameron-Bure continued. "With Eating Recovery Day, we're helping celebrate the hope for recovery and bringing awareness back to this critical issue that affects 30 million Americans."
In addition to sharing stories on social media using #EatingRecoveryDay, everyone is encouraged to join a live Facebook event featuring leading experts, and Candace, who will share more from her story of recovery on May 3 at 10:30 a.m. ET. She'll be joined by ERC alumni who will do the same, to together show that recovery is possible—and worth it.
Eating disorders have a wide-reaching impact, threatening a person's health, well-being, joy, confidence and overall life, as well as their families and friends. ERC's mission is to provide the very best care to patients, families and referral sources in the treatment of and recovery from serious eating and related disorders. With the launch of Eating Recovery Day, ERC's goal is to encourage people around the country to start conversations about eating disorders and available treatment options to empower patients and their families to take the first step toward overcoming the illness and truly recovering their lives.
If you or a loved one are struggling or think you may be struggling with an eating disorder, visit www.eatingrecovery.com, or call (720) 609-2227 to speak confidentially with a Master's-level eating disorder clinician.
About Eating Recovery Center:
Eating Recovery Center (ERC) is the only national, vertically integrated, health care system dedicated to the treatment of serious eating and related disorders at any stage of the illness. ERC offers best-in-class treatment programs for all patients, no matter their age or gender, struggling from: anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, eating and weight disorder, unspecified eating disorders, as well as comorbid, co-occurring and dual diagnoses. Led by the world's leading experts in eating disorder treatment, ERC provides a full spectrum of eating disorder recovery services through an unmatched network of 23 locations in seven states.
SOURCE Eating Recovery Center