This past Sunday, I spent my entire morning and afternoon volunteering and participating in Columbus’s fourth annual National Eating Disorder Associate walk to support eating disorder prevention, recovery, positive body image, and self-love with the greatest group of people in the world!
We had 180 people come out and walk for the cause, and many more support it through donations to NEDA and donations to help make our walk fun and successful. In the end we raised over $11,000 for NEDA, surpassing our goal of $10,000!! Thank you so much to everyone who helped make a difference! Whether through volunteering, donations, good thoughts, or support, Body Sense has such a deep appreciation for all of you. I can’t wait to see how much more success the next few years bring!
Here are some pictures from the event!
We covered the bathroom mirrors with affirmations and love. My favorite part of this was the fact that not a single post-it note said “you are pretty/handsome”. There are endless adjectives to describe a person, and “pretty” doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. Pretty is a weak word because it means different things to everyone. You really don’t have much control over whether people think you’re pretty or not. Spending a lot of time asking the world if you’re pretty is not a strong position to take. You will have to keep changing yourself for everyone you meet, and eventually you won’t know who you are. What you should strive to be is beautiful. Beautiful means “full of beauty.” Beautiful is not about the appearance of your outsides–beautiful is about what you’re made of.
The white backdrop is going to be edited in Photoshop so it says “I am beautiful because I am…”
There were a handful of adjectives to choose from.
I’m sure you’ve all heard that if Barbie was a real person, she’d be forced to walk on all fours and would die within days (with a waist so small, she’d have room for only half a liver and a few inches of intestines. the result: chronic diarrhea and death). Members of Body Sense built her with her real proportions out of wood, chicken wire, and paper mache! Yeah, she looks ridiculous and terrifying (with boobs larger than my head). I’ll keep my body. Thanks!
We wanted to break these scales with a sledgehammer, but we weren’t allowed to do that on the property. Instead, we gave people the opportunity to write to the scale and let it know how they really feel. Very powerful!
Very shocking and upsetting facts about eating disorders to get people educated!
NEDA temporary tattoos
I love Body Sense!
Walk in progress!
These two ladies are my heroes. Autumn, the girl on the left, is the current president of Body Sense (and the coordinator of next year’s walk). I am so honored to fill her position as president next year. Kelsi, the girl on the right, was the founder of the organization and the coordinator of the 2014 NEDA Walk!
I had an absolute BLAST and I hope to double the amount of walkers next year! Thank you so much to everyone who came!
To learn more about NEDA, click here.