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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.

Widespread Social Dialogue

I think one thing we can do is start looking at the conversations that never take place around eating disorders. Sometimes we don’t talk about eating disorders because they are surrounded in thick clouds of stigma, or they're dismissed...

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Let Our Children Be Themselves

One thing that's gotta give is being critical and controlling of our children. Let them develop into their own selves. Be aware of their precious spirt, and do not do anything to break it...

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Instilling Hope

One thing that’s gotta give is the attribution of labels such as “chronic” or “unmotivated” to patients who are struggling. From personal experience, I can say that being told that I/my illness was seen in that way made my heart sink...

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Creating Space

"If we are going to get to the other side of eating disorders, a safe space to navigate recovery needs to be created for each individual..."

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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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Help Parents Detect EDs Early

I think we need to arm parents with information to help them detect eating disorders earlier. Specifically we need a parent education campaign to persuade them to continue tracking their child's height and weight...

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Treat the Person

I believe the most crucial aspect of getting to the other side of eating disorders is treating the person, not the disease. It’s so easy for doctors or health professionals to hand out a diagnosis. Most of the time these outcomes are dealt with little or no empathy...

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Weight Stigma

If we’re really going to get to the other side of eating disorders, we need to start addressing weight stigma in a general sense and in the eating disorders recovery community. Weight bias is known to be a major contributor to eating disorders...

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Victimization

One thing that's gotta give is the way we victimize eating disorder sufferers. I think deep down the public, the medical community, therapists, and even family and friends view people with eating disorders as weak rather than unfortunate...

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