February 22-28, 2021: Eating Disorders Awareness Week

WHEREAS, eating disorders include a range of serious but treatable mental disorders characterized by problematic eating habits and affect every age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group; and,


WHEREAS, eating disorders are associated with high and concerning mortality rates; and,


WHEREAS, eating disorders are associated with high levels of medical and social impairments and can affect every system in the body; and,


WHEREAS, chance for recovery increases the earlier the eating disorder is detected; and,


WHEREAS, prevention is any systematic attempt to change the circumstances that promote, initiate, sustain, or intensify problems; and,


WHEREAS, much more research and funding is needed to prevent these serious disorders;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim February 22-28, 2021, as Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Michigan.