Eating disorders awareness walk set
EAST GOSHEN >> In hopes of continuing a tradition of support and raising awareness for an often unnoticed and little talked about issue, a group of volunteers from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) plans to host the fourth annual eating disorders awareness walk at the East Goshen Park Nov. 5.
Eating disorders, according to Tamie Gangloff, one of the event coordinators, can become a thing of the past. She said a common myth is that someone suffering from an eating disorder will always take hard work to manage it. The reality, according to her, is complete recovery is achievable, and this walk is supposed to help drive that point home.
“There is a life beyond having an eating disorder,” she said.
On-site registration for the walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony starting at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will include speakers who have overcome their own eating disorders. Event organizers hope to raise $25,000 for NEDA, and have already raised about $12,000. According to their website, registration for one adult costs $25, a student enrolled in school or college costs $15, and children between ages of 5 and 12 cost $10.
Last year, she estimated around 450 people attended the walk, and hopes to draw a similar crowd this year.
Gangloff is also an eating disorders therapist at Monte Nido, an organization that provides treatment for anorexia and other eating disorders.
According to NEDA’s website, approximately 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from what the organization described as a “clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their life.”
In addition to the walk, volunteers said there will be a DJ, two food trucks, and yoga prior to the walk.
After the walk, they said there would be an “after-party,” at the Couch Tomato in West Chester, where 15 percent of the proceeds generated would go toward NEDA.
In this file photo, Lauren Rapp, Tamie Gangloff, Steele Emrick and Alexis Reynolds kick off last year’s National Eating Disorders Association walk at East Goshen Park on Nov. 14, 2015.