teams up with Community of Therapists and Bloggers to host Bulimia Awareness Day

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Bulimia Awareness Day is July 17th, 2012 and will be hosted by an online community of eating disorder therapists, coaches and bloggers. The intent is to provide support and treatment resources for people suffering with bulimia and information for the public about the causes, warning signs and how to help a friend with bulimia.

Spreading awareness about bulimia recovery, treatments and support options as well as how to help a friend with bulimia.

Bulimia Awareness Day: July 17, 2012

I thought we could be so much stronger if we worked as a community. I am thrilled with the way people have stepped up and are going big to get the word out to their visitors and members., a bulimia recovery website, is teaming up with a community of women’s empowerment coaches, bloggers, and therapists around the web to host the first ever Bulimia Awareness Day on July 17th, 2012. The purpose of this day is to get the word out to women struggling with eating disorders that support and treatments are available. Bulimia Awareness Day will also spread awareness to the public about how to recognize the signs and symptoms of bulimia and offer help to someone with bulimia.

As many as 24 million men and women in the United States alone suffer from an eating disorder, yet only 1 in 10 of those ever receive treatment for their illness. Eating disorders also have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Through Bulimia Awareness Day, websites like and blogs like are working to change that.

Blogs and websites focused on recovery are often great resources for those struggling with eating disorders. Many provide free resources such as eBooks, downloadable guides and free online workshops that include steps for overcoming bulimia or recovery stories from people who have overcome their food addictions. Online bulimia support groups, forums and blogs are helpful to people with eating disorders because they provide a collaborative environment for them to share their story and understand that they are not alone. Often of the founders of these websites and blogs are in recovery from an eating disorder, which helps to give visitors a sense of comfort and connection.

Polly Mertens, a recovered bulimic and founder of, contacted members of the blogging community to spread the message of Bulimia Awareness Day after discussing the idea with a fellow blogger, Caitlin Boyle of Polly says, “Caitlin invited me to do a guest post about bulimia awareness on her blog. That gave me the idea that we could really spread this message in a much bigger way if more bloggers joined us. I called on every blogger, coach and therapist I knew who dealt with eating disorders, women’s empowerment or self-esteem issues. I thought we could be so much stronger if we worked as a community. I am thrilled with the way people have stepped up and are going big to get the word out to their visitors and members.” There are more than 10 bloggers currently signed up to participate in Bulimia Awareness Day on July 17th.

Bulimia Awareness Day is not sanctioned by any of the national associations, but that hasn’t stopped these individuals from spreading the word. Their goal is to host it each year in the spirit of providing support and treatments for people looking for help to stop bulimia and those who care about them. is a bulimia recovery website that provides eating disorder support and treatment information, self-help resources, and alternative treatment methods for people with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other food addictions. Their website provides both an eating disorder recovery stories book and a help a friend guide as free resources to visitors, eating disorder therapists and residential treatment centers.

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