Several buildings across Vancouver will light up purple in recognition of Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 1 to 7, 2016.
The City of Vancouver has proclaimed the beginning of February as Eating Disorder Awareness Week in honour of the thousands of people across the city, and the millions across the country, who suffer from an eating disorder. PEDAW, the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week organization has coordinated with the city to turn seven buildings and landmarks purple.
The #Purple4PEDAW campaign will be in full effect on February 5, when members of the public are invited to wear purple, take photos of themselves and of any purple B.C. landmarks and share on the campaign’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Approximately 1.5% of young women in Canada aged 15 to 24 have an eating disorder, according to statistics from 2002. Sadly, roughly 10% of people with anorexia, one of several different kinds of eating disorders, will die within 10 years of developing the illness, making the disease the most fatal psychiatric illness of our time.