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A thousand marchers bring eating disorder awareness and support to Chicago

By Colleen Zewe
Medill Reports

Despite the brisk October weather, Sami Mikret and her family spent Sunday morning marching along Diversey Harbor to celebrate her completion of eating disorder treatment and show others that recovery is possible.

They weren’t alone. More than 1,000 people participated in Chicago’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Walk, making it the largest NEDA walk Chicago has ever hosted.

Since 2009, NEDA walks have aimed to fund eating disorder research, education, prevention and advocacy initiatives.  Chicago’s 2018 walk raised more than $47,000, and NEDA plans walks in 90 total cities each year.

According to NEDA, 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, orthorexia, which is an obsession with healthy eating, and other specified feeding or eating disorders, a diagnosis given to those who do not fit other diagnoses but still struggle with eating. Continue reading A thousand marchers bring eating disorder awareness and support to Chicago

DASH diet helps pregnant women control weight gain

By Colleen Zewe
Medill Reports

Many pregnant women struggle with weight gain, but those who begin pregnancy overweight or obese risk developing diabetes, high blood pressure and other serious prenatal conditions that can cause harm to their unborn babies.

Many of these women fear harming their unborn babies if they gain too little during pregnancy. But a recent Northwestern medical study helped pregnant, overweight women limit their weight gain, and found that obese or overweight women can safely restrict their calories to prevent health conditions without causing harm to themselves or the baby.
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