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Written by Susan Zwick, Social Worker, Surrey Youth Clinic

Disordered eating and body image issues can impact anyone. Find out more during Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which runs February 1 to 7.

Did you know that according to the 2013 data collected by The McCreary Centre Society who conducts research on Youth Health in B.C., one-third of healthy weight males were trying to gain weight and 52 per cent of healthy weight females were trying to lose weight?

Misconceptions about eating disorders are numerous: that only the young, female, thin or overweight have eating disorders, and that disordered eating is a choice rather than an illness. These misconceptions are harmful as they can contribute to a delay in seeking treatment.

To raise awareness of this mental health issue, promote healthy body image and illness prevention, and connect individuals and their loved ones with services and supports, the Surrey Youth Clinic and other programs across Fraser Health are participating in Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#PEDAW), which runs from February 1 to 7.

One of the ways that the Surrey Youth Clinic is involving its clients and team members is by hosting a display in their waiting room, called "Mirror, Mirror....". They are inviting clients to look at themselves in the mirror on their way in or out of the clinic and focus on something about themselves they like, write it down on a Post-It note and leave it behind on the board.

The Fraser Health Eating Disorders Program provides a range of services in a safe and supportive environment to both youth and adults, and their families, who are dealing with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. To get help with an Eating Disorder for you or your loved one, visit

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