EATING DISORDER AWARENESS MONTH – Press Release
SAN FRANCISCO COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN TO PROCLAIM FEBRUARY
“EATING DISORDER AWARENESS MONTH”
COMMUNITY INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESENTATION FEBRUARY 28
MEDIA CONTACT: Sofia Keck, Cielo House
San Francisco, CA, February 26,2018 — Fiona Ma, of the California State Board of Equalization, along with Project Heal and Cielo House Comprehensive Eating Disorder Treatment Centers, will present the latest updates and statistics to the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women on February 28 in support of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 26 – March 4. The presentation, which is free to the public, will be held at San Francisco City Hall, Room 408 on February 28, from 4 pm – 6 pm. The Commission will propose a resolution at the end of the presentation proclaiming February as Eating Disorder Awareness Month in the City of San Francisco and surrounding areas.
“The San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women is proud to stand with Project Heal to help surface the long-hidden disease of eating disorders that disproportionately affects women and girls,” Debbie Mesloh, President of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women. “This issue deserves greater attention as eating disorders can overtake and steal the lives of previously healthy youth and adults. Together, we can promote treatment and recovery.”
By providing current statistics and health information, the participating organizations hope to attract additional resources and funding to be directed towards preventing and addressing eating disorders and the devastating consequences that result from this serious health issue. The proclamation by the Commission to declare February as Eating Disorders Awareness Month further acknowledges the severity of this health issue and the need for additional awareness.
“Accepting yourself for who you are and having a healthy body image is challenging with the beauty standards found in the media and entertainment industry. Eating disorders are a serious and fatal illness and often hide in plain sight. During Eating Disorders Awareness Week, start the conversation with the individuals in your life and learn the warning signs about this disease. It’s vital we teach our kids how to have a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and their body image,” said Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, CPA.
“Eating Disorders can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. There are many reasons why someone may suffer from an Eating Disorder,” said Matt Keck, CEO and Founder of Cielo House Comprehensive Eating Disorder Treatment Centers. “At Cielo House it Is our mission to raise awareness about these life‐threatening diseases and to facilitate recovery for everyone.”
For more information on the event, please contact Sofia Keck at 650‐455‐5933.