Ramadan and Eating Disorders

Whether or not you celebrate Ramadan, it’s important to understand different cultures and the impact they can have on us. Together we can learn how to support friends and family, and promote safe spaces within our communities and wider society.

During the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims celebrate Ramadan, which is an important time in the Islamic calendar for spiritual devotion and an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to your faith. A key element to Ramadan includes fasting from sunrise to sundown for 30 days, where the practice of abstaining from food and water brings worshippers closer to Allah (or God). This religious event is held in high regard, which can be challenging for those living with an eating disorder.

Note: not all Muslims who fast for 30 days will have an eating disorder. It is a time for celebration and most Muslims will approach Ramadan as a month of reflection and blessings.

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