R 055
2018 -- S 2312
Enacted 02/07/2018

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators McCaffrey, Lombardi, Satchell, Lombardo, and Conley
Date Introduced: February 07, 2018

     WHEREAS, The week of February 26th through March 4th, 2018, marks the observance
of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week; and
     WHEREAS, The 2018 Theme of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is "Let's
Get Real," and will focus on expanding the conversation around eating disorders to include the
diverse perspectives of the millions of people affected. Eating disorders are shrouded in stigma,
secrecy, and stereotypes, and the goal of this year's campaign is to shine a light on these deadly
illnesses, dispel misinformation, and connect people with the support they need to recover; and
     WHEREAS, Eating disorders are serious conditions that are potentially life-threatening
and have a great impact on both a person's physical and emotional health. Too often, signs and
symptoms are overlooked, and many individuals, families, and communities are unaware of the
devastating mental and physical consequences of eating disorders, as well as the pressures,
attitudes, and behaviors which shape them; and
     WHEREAS, In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from
clinically significant eating disorders at some time in their life. These disorders affect people
across all backgrounds and include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorders;
     WHEREAS, The National Eating Disorders Association strives to address the many
misconceptions regarding eating disorders, and to highlight the availability of resources for
treatment and support; and
     WHEREAS, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a collaborative effort
consisting primarily of volunteers, including eating disorder professionals, health care providers,
students, educators, social workers, and individuals committed to raising awareness of the
dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment access;
     WHEREAS, Eating Disorders usually appear in adolescence and are associated with
substantial psychological problems, including depression, substance abuse, and suicide. They are
serious illnesses, not lifestyle choices; in fact, anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any
mental illness; and
     WHEREAS, Many cases of eating disorders go undetected. Less than one-third of youth
with eating disorders will receive treatment; and
     WHEREAS, Eating disorders experts have found that prompt intensive treatment
significantly improves the chances of recovery. Therefore, it is important for educators, medical
providers, parents, and community members to be aware of the warning signs and the symptoms
of eating disorders; and
     WHEREAS, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week will encourage people to share
their stories and experiences with disordered eating and body image struggles. It also provides an
opportunity to highlight the importance of screenings for the early detection and intervention of
eating disorders, and bust myths and present eating disorders as a public health issue that affects
all kinds of people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, size, or background; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby proclaims the week of February 26 through March 4, 2018, as "Eating Disorders
Awareness Week" in the State of Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate recognizes the vital work of National Eating Disorders
Awareness Week in promoting public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders
and for working to improve education about their biological and environmental causes, as well as
how to help those who are struggling with these debilitating diseases; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Gina Raimondo, Governor of the
State of Rhode Island, The National Eating Disorders Association, Brown University's Project
HEAL, and the Eating Disorder Program at Hasbro Children's Hospital.