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30 million Americans struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Despite their increasing prevalence, eating disorders receive significantly less funding than other major mental illnesses, and support options are often inaccessible. As a result, too many families are left feeling helpless, hopeless, and frightened – this is where we come in. Through NEDA Walks, we are raising critical funds, restoring hope, and changing the conversation surrounding eating disorders.
Your fundraising efforts are putting life-saving resources into the hands of those in need, and catalyzing prevention, cures, and access to quality care. With every dollar raised, we are one step closer to our shared vision of a world without eating disorders.
Eating disorders are widely misunderstood illnesses, and old stereotypes and myths often prevent people from seeking help. Help fight stigma and shine a light on eating disorders as a serious public health issue.
By participating in the NEDA Walk, you’ll be raising funds that support life-saving programs, advocacy efforts, and research initiatives.
Join our community of passionate walk warriors who are dedicated to winning the fight against eating disorders. Together, we’ll walk stride in stride toward hope and recovery.
“Last year I came to the NEDA Walk for the first time, and as I listened to the stories of the people up on stage, I was struck by how similar their stories were to my own. I remember thinking that if their stories were valid and their eating disorders were real, then maybe my eating disorder was real, too. Because of the walk last year, I started to take my eating disorder more seriously. It really was a catalyst for me, and just a few months later I finally went to treatment.”Shalini W.
“I attended my first NEDA Walk afraid of admitting to myself or anyone else that I needed help, but I was amazed at the community of hope and support I witnessed — it's what has kept me coming back every year. Each NEDA walk leaves me inspired to keep pushing forward and fighting for what I believe in. Somewhere along the way, with the help of the recovery community, I've found my voice and I'm no longer afraid to admit when I need help.”Ally L.
“Participating in the NEDA Walks over the past few years has been one of my favorite days of the year. It’s a celebration that reminds you you’re not alone in your recovery, and there aren’t words to describe the safe and secure feeling that comes in being surrounded by people who know what you’ve gone through. It’s so easy to get caught up in the mindset of working towards your next goal in recovery, but NEDA Walks are a reminder to take a step back and celebrate how far we’ve all come, both individually and as a society. Seeing the walks grow year to year is a physical representation of growing footprint of NEDA’s work, and nothing puts a bigger smile on my face.”Justin S.
“This was the first year I'd ever gone to a NEDA walk and I met up with some of my recovery friends there. It was amazing to see such a diverse group of people get together to walk for something that has inflicted my life for so long. As someone who is fat, I was worried about the walk being too much for my body, but my friends stuck by me the whole time and made the walk so fun that I wasn't even focusing on my body. I can't wait to go to another walk this year and to meet new people and make new friends. This community is amazing and means the world to me.”Nia P.