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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.

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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The Power We Give to Food

What’s gotta give? The power we give to food. Food is inanimate, yet for many of us with eating disorders, we let food take on such a powerful role in controlling our life (e.g. our decisions, life choices, friends etc.)…

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Food Marketing

What are we teaching our citizens about food themes in this country? AppleBee’s, Chili’s, Cinnabonn and the list goes on. I think it was the late seventies when we …

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Food Marketing

Maybe one of the things that’s gotta give is the way we aggressively market food and eating in our culture. All that constant hype and imagery and all those conflicting messages and misleading information …

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What We Value

One thing that’s gotta give is the value placed on body image as a source of worth, perfection as an ideal, and fast weight loss as a measure of success.

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Not About Food!

One thing that’s gotta give is the assumption that eating disorders are about the food. Eating disorders are NOT about the food! Eating disorders are often a coping mechanism used to deal with painful experiences or emotions…

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Fat Talk

One thing that’s gotta give is “fat talk”. Don’t tell me how much weight your sister gained. Don’t tell me that you’re such a glutton for having dessert. Don’t tell everyone in the lunchroom at work about your…

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Good vs. Bad Foods

We need to stop labelling food as good and bad. If we eat a cookie, or two, or three, we should not feel ashamed, although often we do (I do as well)…

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Media Fixation on Diets

One thing that’s gotta give is the trends and media fixation on particular diets or food lifestyles. Many of these diet fads are extremely harmful, not only for one’s physical health, but also for one’s mental health.

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