Eating Disorder Foundation of Orange County Raises Nearly $6,000 For Eating Disorder Prevention and Awareness Programs

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First annual fundraising event draws 70 Hikers to Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach, California.

The Eating Disorder Foundation of Orange County hosted the 1st Annual Family Fun Hike on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, raising nearly $6,000 for future eating disorder awareness and prevention programs. The event, which included typical beautiful Southern California weather, drew nearly 70 hikers who participated in an easy hike throughout Crystal Cove State Park. The Foundation raised funds with event ticket sales, sponsorships and raffles.

“We’re thrilled with the success of our first large fundraising event,” said Nicole Bourquin, Executive Director of EDFOC. “The funds raised will allow us to continue to fulfill our mission of educating young athletes, school children, and parents about the dangers, signs and prevention of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.”

The Eating Disorder Foundation of Orange County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing prevention efforts, early detection, and education for our community on the realities of eating disorders. Eating disorders are conditions that cause a person to spend most of their waking hours thinking and obsessing about food, weight, calories, and/or body image. These obsessions may cause them to binge eat, starve themselves, or binge and purge.

10-15% of all Americans suffer from some type of eating disorder. These illnesses can last anywhere from 5-15 years or more. The longer the duration of the illness, the greater chance of death or severe, irreversible medical consequences. Eating disorders are progressive and can result in serious mental and physical illness and/or death. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, for females between fifteen to twenty-four years old who suffer from anorexia nervosa, the mortality rate associated with the illness is twelve times higher than the death rate of all other causes of death.

Funds raised from the Family Fun Hike will help the Foundation continue to offer free presentations and resource referrals to local schools, parent groups, athletic organizations, and professional groups interested in preventing and detecting eating disorders. Programs already developed and implemented by EDFOC include “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies,” a curriculum developed specifically for Orange County schools. The Eating Disorder Foundation of Orange County also offers programs that provide funds for those who cannot afford the treatment they desperately need to begin their recovery.

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