Eat­ing dis­or­ders aware­ness walk set

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Adam Farence afarence@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @afarence on Twit­ter To con­tact Daily Lo­cal News staff writer Adam Farence, email afarence@dai­ly­lo­cal.com, or call 610-235-2647.

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.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

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.

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