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Shop for a Cause - Sunday, February 26!
In honor of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the American Anorexia/Bulimia Association (AABA), a non-profit organization, is proud to invite you to a fun shopping and mingling event @ the Diane von Furstenburg store at King of Prussia mall on Sunday 2/26!
WHERE: Diane von Furstenburg store (DVF) at King of Prussia Mall
Address: 160 N Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406-2937                         
WHEN: Sunday 2/26/17 1pm-3pm (stay for whole time or stop by to say hello)
WHY: meet the board members, mingle/network with event attendees, enjoy free champagne and receive "brand treats" and come out to support a good cause. There is Absolutely NO Obligation to buy, but if you see something you love, mention AABA and you'll get 10% discount on your purchases & 10% of sales proceeds will go toward our AABA organization. Shopping discount and proceeds are going on all day, so even if you can't make the event, just mention AABA and they will take care of you.

HOW DVF is relevant to AABA: DVF and AABA decided to network together because of our similar visions. She and her brand has a strong "commitment to empowering women expressed not only through fashion but also philanthropy and mentorship.....In 2010, with the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Diane established the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to women who have displayed leadership, strength, and courage in their commitment to their causes." Furthermore, Diane worked with the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2007 to establish and regulate industry standards in response to the rising rates of eating disorders amongst the fashion/modeling industry.

 

What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders involve a preoccupation with food, weight and shape.  Anorexia Nervosa is marked by restrictive eating, a distorted body image, and an unrealistic fear of weight gain, along with achieving a dangerously low weight and a cessation of menstrual periods.  Bulimia Nervosa is also characterized by body image concerns, but individuals often engage in binge eating, and attempt to compensate to prevent weight gain through the use of purging behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, or excessive exercise. Individuals with binge eating disorder or compulsive overeating may be of normal weight or overweight, but struggle with cycles of overeating and subsequent feelings of shame. 

 

Many symptoms of the above mentioned disorders overlap, so that individuals with eating disorders may have forms of one or more of the disorders at any one time. Some may not fit all of the diagnostic criteria at a given time, but may experience the associated low self-esteem, poor body image and health effects nonetheless.  When reviewing the list of symptoms below, please keep in mind that this is a partial list of possible symptoms, and that you do not need to have every symptom listed to warrant getting the help you need.

 

For additional information and links to helpful website, click here for the "Resources" page.


Warning signs of anorexia

  • extreme weight loss
  • continuing to diet, even though quite thin
  • distorted body image
  • irregular or absent menstrual periods
  • unrealistic fear of weight gain
  • preoccupation with food, nutrition, calories and/or cooking
  • food rituals or rigid rules about eating
  • avoiding meals
  • preferring to eat in isolation
  • frequent weight monitoring
  • compulsive exercise
  • binging and purging behaviors
  • symptoms of low blood pressure, low blood sugar, dehydration

Warning signs of bulimia

  • binging or eating uncontrollably
  • purging through self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, use of diet pills, or excessive exercise
  • use of restrictive dieting to prevent weight gain
  • body image concerns
  • preoccupation with food, calories and weight
  • using the bathroom frequently after meals
  • dental problems, frequent sore throats, and digestive complaints

While the above is a partial list of warning signs, each individual is unique, and may only have one or a few of these. More serious, even life-threatening complications may develop at any time, so these symptoms must be taken seriously. Associated emotional and cognitive problems such as depression and mood swings, anxiety, impaired memory and concentration, and alcohol and substance abuse are also common. Parents, siblings, spouses, friends, roommates, and co-workers all may be affected by the disorder.

  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016 may be over. But NEDA is still offering a free eating disorders screening test. Go to nedawareness for the screening.
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