Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Eating Disorder Hope Pro-Recovery Movement Launched

A Movement Designed to Inspire Recovery and Hope Online as an Alternative to the Pro- Anorexia Sites

FORT WORTH, TX ( September 4, 2012 - Eating disorder sufferers are looking for support, encouragement and acceptance. They are fighting a powerful disease that threatens to destroy them physically, emotionally and spiritually. Some turn to Pro-Ana or Pro-Mia sites for a sense of belonging and to find justification for unhealthy behaviors surrounding food and weight. In response, Eating Disorder Hope has launched the Pro-Recovery Movement to inspire all who suffer from disordered eating to commit to a positive, solution focused approach rather than staying in the disease.

"Online support may be the most accessible tool an eating disorder sufferer has to combat their illness," said Jacquelyn Ekern, a licensed professional counselor and founder of Eating Disorder Hope. "Our organization, website, social media and mission are to support and encourage eating disorder suffers to find hope, healing and recovery."

The Pro-Recovery Movement is designed to build and support a powerful online community of individuals who pursue recovery and support others recovering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. The list of 10 Pro-Recovery Movement Guidelines are designed to encourage respectful and helpful interactions between those who seek support or want to offer encouragement to others struggling with disordered eating and body image issues.

“The battle for freedom against an eating disorder is too often an isolated one, but you do not have to fight alone," said Crystal Karges, Special Projects Coordinator @ Eating Disorder Hope. "Regardless of your journey or your background or where you are in your path towards recovery, we hope that you can find acceptance, comfort and community at Eating Disorder Hope as well as other pro-recovery sites."

Eating Disorder Hope is sponsoring a Pro Recovery Movement Contest with contestants who enter building their own Pro-Recovery page on Pinterest. Each contestant’s page will be eligible to win the prize of a Bath & Body Works $100 gift card, a permanent listing on the Eating Disorder Hope Pinterest page, and an announcement of their Pro-Recovery Movement page on the Eating Disorder Hope site and all social media sites. The winner will be announced on November 1, 2012.

The work of Eating Disorder Hope is possible due to the support of our sponsors including Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, Remuda Ranch, Rogers Memorial Hospital and River Centre Clinic.

About Eating Disorder Hope
Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC is the founder of Eating Disorder Hope, a one-stop resource for support, referrals and education about eating disorders and related issues. The website promotes ending eating disordered behavior, embracing life and pursuing recovery. Eating Disorder Hope fosters appreciation of one's uniqueness and value in the world, unrelated to appearance or achievement. For more information, please, or Eating Disorder Hope on Twitter ( and Facebook ( pages/Eating-Disorder-Hope/83317933683).

Contact Info:
Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC , President @ Eating Disorder Hope
(817) 231-5184
F:(817) 887-4025


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