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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.

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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