CSU, Chico News

Love Every Body Week Promotes Eating Disorders Awareness

Date: 04-08-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Michelle Morris, Professor
Department of Nutrition and Food Science

The student health organization Embodied at California State University, Chico will host a series of events related to Love Every Body Week through April 11.

Love Every Body Week is aimed at educating and empowering the campus and community around the issues of eating disorder prevention and recovery, size discrimination and health and wellness for all.

On Wednesday, April 9, dancer and choreographer Ragen Chastain will provide the keynote address and a dance workshop. Chastain is the author of “Fat: The Owner’s Manual – Navigating a Thin-Obsessed World With Your Health, Happiness and Sense of Humor Intact.”

On Friday, April 11, size acceptance activist Marilyn Wann will hold a workshop showing participants how to make her Find Your Weigh to Yay! scales. Wann’s special scale replaces the numbers on a regular scale with positive adjectives consistent with the Health At Every Size® paradigm, a socially just and weight-neutral approach to health which is gaining national momentum.

“Our campus is committed to celebrating diversity in all of its forms, including size diversity,” said Michelle Morris, professor of Nutrition and Food Science and faculty advisor to Embodied. “Love Every Body Week provides an opportunity for our community to learn about size discrimination and disordered eating that results in part from our culture’s obsession with the ‘thin ideal.’

“College students are at a higher risk for disordered eating than the general population. We want students to be aware that help is available for themselves or a friend or family member who may be suffering, and to know that they have a right to be comfortable in their bodies and to be treated with respect, regardless of shape or size,” she said.

Started in fall 2013, Embodied comprises students across disciplines and advocates for size acceptance, mindful eating and enjoyable physical activity.

A number of campus groups have partnered with the club this week, including the College of Natural Sciences, Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, Associated Students (AS) Multicultural Affairs Council, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Department of Health and Community Services, University Housing and Food Service, Student Health Service, Counseling Center, UMatter, Health Professions Association, Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC), Student Health Advisory Council, AS Gender and Sexuality Equity Center, The Orion, Staff Council and Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

A full schedule of events follows:

Tuesday, April 8
“America the Beautiful” documentary screening and discussion; 6 to 9 p.m., UHUB

Wednesday, April 9
Dance for Every Body workshop with Ragen Chastain; 3 to 4:30 pm, WREC 250

Keynote presentation by Ragen Chastain: “The Positive Body: Real Options for Health, Happiness, and High Self-Esteem Starting Where You Are Right Now;” 7 to 8 p.m., Ayres 120

Thursday, April 10
The Road to Recovery: Eating Disorder Panel Discussion; 4 to 5:30 p.m., Holt Hall 266

Friday, April 11
Find Your Weigh to Yay! Scale-making workshop with Marilyn Wann; 1 to 3 p.m., Selvester’s 100 (arrive early, supplies limited)