The Eating Disorders Awareness Week Act

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S.M. 2022, c. 35

Bill 228, 4th Session, 42nd Legislature

The Eating Disorders Awareness Week Act

Explanatory Note

This note was written as a reader's aid to the Bill and is not part of the law.

This Bill proclaims February 1 to February 7 of each year as Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

(Assented to June 1, 2022)

WHEREAS an estimated one million people suffer from eating disorders in Canada;

AND WHEREAS eating disorders are serious mental illnesses affecting one's physical, psychological and social functioning;

AND WHEREAS eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of all mental illnesses;

AND WHEREAS the development and treatment of eating disorders is influenced by the social determinants of health, including food and income security, access to housing, access to healthcare and mental health supports;

AND WHEREAS people of any age, gender or identity can suffer from eating disorders and it is important to share their diverse experiences, including the experiences of Indigenous people, Black and racialized people, queer and gender diverse people, people with disabilities, people of all body sizes, people with chronic illness, and people with co-occurring mental health conditions or addictions;

AND WHEREAS it is necessary to dispel dangerous stereotypes and myths and increase awareness and education about the impact of those living with or affected by eating disorders;

AND WHEREAS dedicating one week in each year to focus attention on eating disorders will heighten public understanding and lead to resources and supports that meet the needs of the diverse populations impacted by eating disorders and will encourage all Manitobans to develop a healthier relationship with their bodies;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

1

In each year, February 1 to February 7 is to be known throughout Manitoba as Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

C.C.S.M. reference

2

This Act may be referred to as chapter E4 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.

Coming into force

3

This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.