Monday, February 23, 2009

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week  


It's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. My school is having several events this week to raise awareness and funds, and I'm hoping many other schools and communities are doing the same. I just viewed a really powerful documentary called "Thin," about women trying to recover from eating disorders at a clinic in Florida. Here's a promo for it:

I would recommend it, but it can be triggering. Tonight, I'm going to see another documentary called "Do I Look Fat?" about the body pressures within the gay male community, which I'm very excited about. Also, for my Psychology of Women class, I created an art piece with the theme of body image and eating disorders which was displayed at a fair earlier. I contrasted images I cut out of beauty magazines with photos I took of real women:

I'm urging everyone to do something for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Even if it's just renting one of these documentaries and watching it on your own. We should always have a heightened awareness of body image pressures, but it's good that there's a week dedicated to pushing us to think about it more than ever.

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