300+ attend Candlelight Vigil for eating disorders.
Weight lifting: Vigil raises awareness of eating disorders
By Susan Frick Carlman
May 20, 2014
The flame of hope for those who live with eating disorders burned stridently again Monday evening outside Linden Oaks at Edward.
The 11th annual candlelight vigil, cohosted by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders, drew an estimated crowd of more than 400 to the healing garden at the behavioral health treatment facility, on the West Street edge of Edward Hospital’s Naperville campus.
Many of those who attended were acquaintances from treatment, greeting one another with gleeful hugs. Others were family members of those in the fight, not all of them prevailing. Some have not yet stepped onto the path toward healing.
The data is daunting. According to ANAD, which is based in Naperville, eating disorders affect almost 24 million Americans and have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Nearly half of those with anorexia, bulimia or compulsive overeating meet the diagnostic criteria for depression. Only one in 10 people with eating disorders receives treatment — and barely one-third of those who do so turn to a facility that specializes in treating their condition.
Through practices that include group therapy, nutrition education and exercise counseling, Linden Oaks provides treatment that attends to physical and dietary issues while addressing the complex psychological concerns at the core of disordered eating behaviors. The well-known facility’s programs include inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and residential care at Arabella House, a former private home in a neighborhood near the hospital’s Washington Street site.
A series of vigil speakers shared experiences of recovery and loss, discovery and pain — but the takeaway was the flame that always burns at the end of the tunnel.
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