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Quickly growing since 2009, NEDA Walks now take place in more than 95 cities nationwide. Each year, over 25,000 people of all ages and backgrounds come together to walk.
NEDA Walks are inspirational, community-building events where passionate walkers raise money to fund eating disorders education, prevention, and support, as well as advocacy and research initiatives. The largest eating disorders awareness events in the nation, NEDA Walks are a celebration of hope and strength, filled with body-positive activities, motivational guest speakers, and a short walk to symbolize unity in the fight against eating disorders.
NEDA Walks create a safe and supportive space where no one will feel alone in their battle. Everybody knows somebody who’s been affected by an eating disorder - so everybody is invited to walk with us! Together, we’ll stand up to stigma and send the message that recovery is possible.
Eating disorders are life-threatening illnesses that affect millions of individuals and their families every day. Despite their increasing prevalence, eating disorders receive less than $1 in research funds per affected person, compared to an average of $70 for other major mental illnesses. Eating disorders are widely misunderstood illnesses and support options are often inaccessible. As a result, too many people are left feeling helpless, hopeless, and frightened – this is why we walk. NEDA Walks are raising critical funds, restoring hope, and changing the conversation surrounding eating disorders.
As the leading U.S. nonprofit supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders, NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care. The funds you raise through NEDA Walks put life-saving resources into the hands of those in need. With every dollar you raise, we are one step closer to our shared vision of a world without eating disorders.
NEDA is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak. The health of our community, especially those who are most vulnerable to the virus' serious complications, remains paramount. Upcoming NEDA Walks around the country may be rescheduled or go virtual. If you are registered for a NEDA Walk taking place in the Spring season, please check your email for updates.