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Click's bipartisan bill recognizing Eating Disorders Awareness Week unanimously passes Health Committee

May 18, 2022
Gary Click News

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COLUMBUS – State Representative Rep. Gary Click (R-Vickery) today announced bipartisan legislation jointly sponsored by State Representative Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland), to designate the last week in February as “Eating Disorders Awareness Week,” has passed unanimously out of the Ohio House Health Committee. Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an annual campaign, always the last week in February, by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

“Teens face increasing challenges every year and we cannot sit idly by allowing them to fend for themselves. This is why Rep. Sweeney and I have reached across the aisle to draw focus and attention to our hurting youth,” said Click. “Increased awareness on critical topics like this will help bring solutions one step closer to hurting families in crisis.” 

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an annual campaign by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) that always takes place during the last week in February. According to the NEDA, 95 percent of people with eating disorders are between the ages 12 and 25—largely children and teens; and a primary audience for social media. Too often overlooked and misunderstood, eating disorders have the second-highest risk of death of any mental illness (next to opioid addiction) per 2021 data from the NEDA. 

“House Bill 591 is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to increase awareness around the harsh realities of eating disorders and provide hope, support, and visibility to the many individuals and families they affect every day in every part of Ohio,” said Sweeney. “Eating disorders impact all Ohioans, especially young people, and I hope this bipartisan legislation will be a candle of light for those too often suffering in darkness.”

The pandemic has resulted in a marked increase in mental health illnesses, making it more important for Ohioans to recognize and better understand the severity of eating disorders. House Bill 591 now awaits further consideration on the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives