Eating Disorders are at Epidemic Levels
In Newfoundland and Labrador, it was reported to “The Beacon” that recent research indicates the 8000 people suffer from an eating disorder. Although, the chairman Vince Withers of the Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (EDFNL) based in of St. John's believes the number could be much higher because people do not report an eating disorder because of the stigma that comes with them.
Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
Vince Withers the chairman for the foundation started the foundation in 2006 after he tragically lost his daughter to an eating disorder. The foundation mainly deals with anorexia and bulimia, which is approximately 80% of the eating disorders that the people he comes in contact with are dealing with. Although, he does not turn his back on people with other eating disorders such as binging and purging.
The Foundation is Successful
Mr. Withers states that in the four years the foundation has been running they have had contact with over 500 people which considering the nature and stigma that comes with an eating disorder is great news!