May I Speak to You?

photoThe obesity epidemic is in our faces. It’s unavoidable, undeniable and over-published. Since 2009, the term “obesity epidemic” has hung menacingly over every well-spread table. We make fretful conversation about fat parents, fat kids, fat executives, fat low-income families even fat pets. But there’s a dangerous trend fomented in the wake of this national awareness.

What parents do in moderation, their children do in excess. With all this fear mongering, it’s no wonder the rise in eating disorders. While we’re focused on fat, our kids are dying.

The most current eating disorder statistics, provided by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, are from 2006.

  • Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents
  • 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25

Imagine, what those statics look like today.

These are the kids are likely within your reach right now. You may be the person with the most influence over their formative years. The next generation deserves all the information on both sides of every issue so that they can make informed, responsible decisions and become healthy, contributing members of society.

What if we are crippling our future; planting in our progeny misinformation that leads to osteoporosis, damaged stomaches and livers, deteriorating muscle mass and ruptured esophaguses? And what if you could prevent it?

I’d like the opportunity to speak to your student body, youth group, congregation or club about eating disorders. Awareness is half the battle. My one hour talk covers these points and provides time for questions.

  • Why do I care: My testimony of recovery.
  • Who gets an eating disorder?
  • How to recognize an eating disorder.
  • What are the physical, emotional and relational consequences of an eating disorder?
  • Where to get help.

I speak from experience. When I was fourteen, I began a long, intense battle with anorexia. Three rounds of inpatient treatment, which included spending my 16th birthday in the hospital, left me balanced precariously on the edge of almost healthy. At age 25, I relapsed and nearly landed in a hospital again.

It was 15 years, almost half of my life. Today I am free of anorexia. I am not only alive but I love life and I long to help others who are in the hell of an eating disorder.

Nearly half of all Americans know someone with an eating disorder. In your position, you likely know dozens. Please, please, let me share my story of hope with your students. It may save lives.

My contact information is below. I am available for speaking engagements on a first request basis. Scheduling is contingent upon travel requirements.

Sincerely,

Abby Kelly

abbykelly1980@gmail.com

703-663-0280

For more on my story and my activity for this cause, please see Find Me Elsewhere and About Me.

I am a trained Volunteer Speaker through NEDA, download this request form–NEDAwareness_SpeakerRequestLetter

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