Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2024
Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) is a collective effort that runs annually from February 1-7, commemorating a national focus to raise awareness and action the causes, prevalence and impact of eating disorders.
This year's campaign: Breaking Barriers, Facilitating Futures aims to focus our attention on under-recognized barriers that people face when accessing care for their eating disorders, which contribute to ongoing cycles of shame and struggle.
This year's theme and surrounding education materials were developed in partnership with NEDIC and eating disorder organizations across the country to better inform our communities, care providers and healthcare systems of these challenges, offering strategies born from lived experience that aim to facilitate future dialogue, healthcare practice, and outcomes that meet the needs of all who are affected.
Here are some ways you can get involved in #EDAW2024:
Learning & Community Opportunities
Online & Community Education Events
Head over to our national EDAW education partner NEDIC’s EDAW 2024 Event Page for a full listing of the week’s educational opportunities and community events taking place virtually and in person across Canada.
Open Hearts, Honest Conversations Podcast
Our friends at Jessie's Legacy will be hosting a special EDAW episode with honoured guest, Dr. Josie Geller, Research Director at St. Paul's Hospital, focusing on how validation builds self-compassion for people with eating disorders. Check back here for the link to tune in after the Feb 1 release date!
Online Community Rooms
In these virtual, 2-hour interactive Community Rooms hosted by NEDIC, people with living and lived experience with an eating disorder will have the opportunity to collectively map their journeys and share with others across the country with similar experiences.
By engaging with our EDAW 2024 partners, you’re helping raise crucial awareness and funds that allow us to continue to provide community members with compassionate, low-barrier eating disorder care they may not otherwise have access to.
Returning partner, size-inclusive local business Zaleska Jewelry is donating 20% of the sales from The Collection throughout Feb 1-7.
Check out our exciting Healing Happens Together dad cap collab with WIRTH Hats: a company committed to doing something about mental health. Available from Feb 1!
Bear Country Bakery
Family-owned Fraser Valley favourite, Bear Country Bakery is hosting its 3rd annual Purple Donut Fundraiser in honor of EDAW. Check them out on Sat, Feb 3 at Prospera Place in Mission, BC from 9 am until sold out!
Fox & Oak
Squamish, BC local coffeehouse and bakery, Fox & Oak will be generously donating $1 from every community doughtnut sold during EDAW, Feb 1-7.
Get in Touch on Social
We want you to #ShowUsYourPurple in support of eating disorder awareness! To join in, snap a photo of yourself or a local landmark in your community decked out in purple between Feb 1-7 and share it with us on Instagram. Make sure to tag @lookingglassbc and use the hashtag: #showusyourpurple so we can see it and can reshare!
Snap a pic with one of the listed BC landmarks lit up in purple in honour of EDAW throughout the week!
Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver
Vancouver City Hall, Vancouver
Anvil Centre, New Westminster
BC Parliament Buildings, Victoria
BC Place, Vancouver
Bloedal Conservatory, Vancouver
Inlet Centre, Fire Hall, Port Moody
Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam
Nanaimo Bastion, Nanaimo
North Vancouver City Hall, North Vancouver
Oak Bay Municipal Hall, District of Oak Bay
Sails of Light, Canada Place, Vancouver
Science World TELUS, Vancouver
Town of Comox, Town Circle, Comox
UNBC, Prince George
Help us shine a light on the under-recognized barriers to accessing eating disorder care this EDAW, by joining us in Breaking Barriers, Facilitating Futures February 1-7, 2024.
Our 2024 EDAW Partners