Did you know that there are more people in the world with an eating disorder than there are people with green eyes?
Tomorrow marks the first day of National Eating Disorder Awareness week. This week, I ask you to make it your goal to either educated yourself or others about eating disorders, spread awareness, reach out to someone you know with an eating disorder, or decide for the first time to get help yourself.
Eating disorders are not a trend, they are not a diet. Eating disorders are a severe mental illness with a higher mortality rate than any other mental illness. Individuals with eating disorders do not choose to have them. They can’t “just eat.” Yet, there is a huge stigma against eating disorders because a lack of understanding. For more information go to: http://nedawareness.org/
Also, please watch the video (below) that the absolutely wonderful Body Sense put together (I’m in it, too!). If you are in the Columbus area, I HIGHLY encourage you to join our team and walk with us or make a donation. Treatment is so unbelievably expensive and the fact that the majority of people struggling cannot afford it is unfair and heartbreaking. I wrote more about this walk on my philanthropy post here.
If you are an Ohio State student, visit the Body Image Bazaar at the RPAC tomorrow. It promotes and educates the public on body health, acceptance, and awareness. Plus, Body Sense will be there and we’ll be doing a super awesome activity!
What’s Body Sense?
It is an organization at my university that I recently became secretary of! I joined this organization a couple weeks ago and I’ve never felt so comfortable and cared for within a group of people. The purpose of the club is to advocate for positive body image and fight the causes of negative body image through awareness events and activities.
Every week, we end our meetings by going around and saying a positive “I am” statement. There seems to be a stigma against saying nice things about yourself. Fat talk and self-loathing seem to be the norm! (It’s like that one Mean Girls scene when Karen makes a negative comment about her body and suddenly, all of the other girls are chiming in and talking badly about themselves too!) And when we do say nice things about ourself, we feel the need to apologize, or say “but.” “I’m really smart, but I failed that exam so I must be pretty dumb!” or “I really love my hair. Oh wait, sorry. That sounds conceited.” NO! Self-love does not equal being conceited.
So, I will not apologize for any aspect of my personality and I will not be afraid to speak highly of myself. I am funny and I am not afraid to express my appreciation for funny things by laughing like a hyena! I am unique! I absolutely love my hair! I can definitely rock a red lipstick! I am smart! I am hopeful! I am growing into the best version of me!
So not only do I want you to educate yourself and spread awareness about eating disorders this week, but I want you to work on your body image. Start slowly. Write a list of all the good things about yourself. Say a positive statement about yourself every time you look in the mirror. Wear clothes that make you feel good about yourself. Surround yourself with uplifting people. Get help. Get knowledgeable. Do not let society have power over you; you are SO much stronger. Know that beauty is temporary, but inner beauty is immortal. Learn the difference between being healthy and being “skinny.” Know that fat and skinny are just words and you are so much more than that. Take care of yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically. Do not participate in fat talk. No matter how much you want to chime in, avoid those conversations. Love yourself. It’s the best relationship you’ll ever be in.
Now, tell me positive statements about yourself in the comments below! Go go go!