View Our Submissions

Here are the many hundreds of submissions we received from people all over Canada in response to our campaign question: If we’re really going to get to the other side of eating disorders, something’s gotta give ... What is it?

The question was the anchor to a 7-month digital campaign, a public rally in Vancouver, and a massive, year-long film project.

Broadly speaking, some fifteen themes emerged from the campaign submissions we received, and these eventually informed the content of our short film series. It's by acting on these various perspectives that we -- as individuals, as institutions, as a society -- might "lock arms" against this disease and really get to the other side.

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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