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We know there is more than one answer to our campaign question. The complexity of eating disorders doesn’t scare us. We want to hear them all.

The intent of this campaign is to highlight the many different lenses through which we see (and can tackle) this disease. All of us will benefit from understanding eating disorders more holistically than we sometimes do. Moreover, by seeing the connections between these seemingly different points of view, we will be better able to “lock arms” against the disease — and really get to the other side.

Based on what we know and hear throughout this campaign, we will be sorting the submissions we receive into loosely themed groupings. These will likely change as the campaign progresses. Our goal throughout will be to reflect back, as fairly as we can, the gist of what we’re hearing.

Education, Detection & Prevention

I certainly think more education for parents, teachers and adult mentors would do a world of good to prevent the next generation from being shadowed and haunted by anorexia. Education leads to early detection or even better prevention…

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Our Body Obsessed Culture

“…Ultimately, this body obsessed culture is the basis on which eating disorders arise, and what must give in order for things to change. As a direct result of this collective obsession, fundamental factors of our mental well-being, such as body positivity and self-love, have become completely buried…”

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Gym Culture

Something that’s gotta give is education about EDs for trainers and other staff members of gyms and fitness centers. Most staff in these kinds of facilities know next to nothing about this disease, and haven’t the first clue…

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Athletes & EDs

Athletes from a wide variety of sports are falling into the condition and I don’t think the prevention methods, support systems and education is intact. We see this in dancers, gymnasts, body builders, endurance athletes, martial arts and anyone who’s competing in a sport where weight class is a factor…

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The Pressure of “Dancer’s Body” Thinking

A topic that I think is under-evaluated when it comes to the risk of eating disorder development is the pressure that comes with certain activities, particularly that of dancing. In the dance world, children as early as three years old are expected to strive for a “dancer’s body”…

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