National Lobby Day for the FREED Act
The Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) bi-annual National Lobby Day will be on April 24, 2012 in Washington DC. Twice a year professionals and advocates in the eating disorder field travel to Washington DC to talk with Members of Congress. Their objectives are to increase the awareness of the presence of eating disorders in the United States, bolster funding for research and to change the way people with eating disorders have access care.
More specifically, EDC Lobby Day supports the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders (FREED Act) - the first comprehensive eating disorder bill that will promote research, improve access to treatment and prevention/education programs. The FREED Act was first introduced to Congress by former Rhode Island Representative Patrick Kennedy and Minnesota Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar in 2010. The bill has received bi-partisan supports since its introduction. This year’s Lobby Day will focus on generating support and co-sponsorship of the bill with representatives in both the US Senate and House of Representatives.
Under the FREED Act, insurers that provide health coverage for physical illness will also be required to provide coverage for eating disorders. The FREED Act would also address eating disorders in schools and sponsor programs to train educators on effective eating disorders screening, detection, prevention and appropriate methods of assistance; educate the public through Public Service Announcements (PSAs) on eating disorders as well as discrimination and bullying based on mental illness, body size, and the effects of media on self-esteem and body image; and help to better understand the origination of eating disorders and effective treatments through research and provide training opportunities for new researchers.
For more information about the FREED Act and its impacts on eating disorder research, treatment, and education, visit the Eating Disorder Coalition (EDC) blog.
How can you get involved?
Contact your representatives and encourage them to support the FREED Act.
To find out who your US Representative is, visit
To find out who your Senator is , visit http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
You can also join the EDC’s letter writing campaign by visiting http://www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org/letter-writing-campaign.htm