CSU, Chico News

‘Love Every Body Week’ Brings Body Positivity, Promotes Healthy Living

Date: 02-23-2015

Zachary Phillips, Editorial Assistant
Public Affairs
Dr. Michelle Morris
Nutrition and Food Science Department

The California State University, Chico student organization Embodied is proud to be hosting Love Every Body Week Feb. 23-27 on the CSU, Chico campus.

The event-filled week coincides with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and seeks to promote the Health at Every Size (HAES) principles of accepting diverse weights and body shapes, as well as exercising and eating for well-being and enjoyment, not just for weight loss.

Crystal Vasquez, student and founding president of Embodied, noted that the main purpose of the organization and Love Every Body Week is to empower people of all body types.

“A big part of Health at Every Size is size acceptance, accepting people of all shapes and sizes regardless of their health,” Vasquez said.

She stated that stigmatization of large-bodied individuals is one of the last socially accepted forms of stereotyping and discrimination, and that it’s important for people of all sizes to understand what it means to have a healthy body image.

“Anybody, from size zero to all the way up, can have poor body image,” Vasquez said. “There are lots of aspects to health. People just always think of the diet and exercise.”

Love Every Body Week starts on Monday, Feb. 23 with tabling from 11 a.m. to noon in Trinity Commons, followed by “The Recovery Path: Stories of Hope and Healing,” an eating disorder panel discussion from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Room 203.

The panel will feature several individuals who have recovered or are in the process of recovering from different eating disorders.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 will feature a belly-dancing lesson at 5:30 p.m. in the University Housing Utility Building (UHUB). The lesson is free and open for people of all skill levels.

Also on Wednesday, keynote speaker Connie Sobczak will present “Be Body Positive: Learn to Love Your Unique Body and Quiet Your Critical Voice” 7-8:30 p.m. in BMU 203.

Sobczak is a co-founder of The Body Positive, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower people of all ages and equip them with the tools to live healthy, empowered lives.

Thursday night will feature a showing and discussion of the documentary “America the Beautiful” from 6 to 9 p.m. in the UHUB.

The Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) will also be hosting a week full of events. For a complete list of events, visit the Campus Announcements archive. For more information, questions or concerns, contact Michelle Morris at mrmorris@csuchico.edu or 530-898-4757.

People who require an accommodation in order to participate in any of these events or who have questions about accessibility should contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.