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Eating Disorder Symbol


The logo of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is easily recognizable as a stylized heart which can also be interpreted as the outline of a female body. The heart demonstrates loving concern for those suffering from eating disorders and the female body represents diversity and acceptance of all body shapes and sizes. The fluid lines of the logo also symbolize curves and motion; both are symbols of a healthy body image.

Some people view the NEDA eating disorder symbol as a combination of two lines which combine to represent strength and recovery. Individual interpretation may vary, although a popular explanation has the smaller line representing the eating disorder, and the larger line standing for the strength and courage displayed by those in recovery. The heart may also symbolize self-respect, acceptance, and love.

Another eating disorder symbol is the periwinkle colored ribbon associated with the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). It is displayed in order to signify awareness of eating disorders.

These eating disorder symbols do not distinguish between the different types of eating disorders. In each instance, the emblem implies awareness, support, self-acceptance, and recovery; important elements in the prevention and treatment of all eating disorders.

The NEDA eating disorders logo is available as jewelry in the form of a sterling silver necklace, as a fashion statement displayed on clothing, or printed on household items such as a thermal coffee mug. It is also prominently displayed on brochures available from NEDA. The awareness ribbon is worn by those wishing to symbolize a personal connection to the challenges faced everyday by those suffering from eating disorders.