Eating Disorder Awareness Week encourages people to be ‘body positive’

Spearheaded by the National Eating Disorders Association, the goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is to shine the spotlight on eating disorders and put life-saving resources into the hands of those in need.

This year’s theme is “It’s Time to Talk About It,” and the campus community is invited to an awareness fair from noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the Holmes Student Center Gallery Lounge. Herbal tea, hot cocoa, myth busting, a screening and art therapy are a few of the event’s offerings. Do your jeans prevent you from feeling your best? Bring them to the event or drop them at Campus Recreation, Counseling and Consultation Services or Neptune Dining to donate them to Open Closet.

A body-loving yoga class, Yoga for Every Body, will be offered from 5:15 to 6 p.m.; no previous yoga experience is required. The day will wrap up with a panel discussion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Chandelier Room at Adams Hall, where people who have worked toward recovery from an eating disorder will speak.

It’s time we take eating disorders seriously as public health concerns. It’s time we bust the myths and get the facts. It’s time to celebrate recovery and the heroes who make it possible. It’s time to take action and fight for change. It’s time to shatter the stigma and increase access to care. It’s time to talk about it.

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