Shining A Light On Eating Disorders

By January 30, 2015Health News, Features

Submitted. From a free panel discussion, to #Purple4PEDAW, the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is shining a light on eating disorders in honour of the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 1-7, 2015).

Free Panel Discussion, January 31
PEDAW presents Ending the War With our Bodies: How to Obtain a Positive Body Image, a free panel discussion January 31 from Noon – 1:30pm in partnership with Vancouver Public Library. The event takes place at Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, in the Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye rooms, Lower Level and will feature insight from a number of individuals including a recovered individual, a therapist, and a dietitian who specializes in eating disorders.
Visit the Facebook event page here.

PEDAW Wristband Challenge, February 1-7
BC residents are encouraged to order a free Love our Bodies, Love Ourselves wristband, take a photo with the wristband and post to the Campaign’s Twitter @loveourbodies and Facebook accounts. The wristbands not only are a symbol of acceptance for oneself, but are also a symbol of support for those that struggle with an eating disorder. Wristbands can be ordered online.

PEDAW in a Box
Looking for a way to help spread awareness in your own community? PEDAW in a box is a free kit available for download with some ideas to get you started.

Wear purple on February 6th and show your support for Eating Disorder Awareness. Share your photos via Twitter, @loveourbodies, or on the Facebook event page: In Vancouver, BC Place, the dome at Science World at TELUS World of Science and the Olympic Cauldron at the Vancouver Convention Centre will also be lighting up purple. The City of Coquitlam will be lighting the Fountain at Lafarge Lake #Purple4PEDAW.

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About PEDAW:

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is a BC Province wide effort to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem. The initiative is led by Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program at Family Services of the North Shore in collaboration with Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, Looking Glass Foundation, St. Paul ’s Specialized Adult Eating Disorder Program, BC Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program, Healthy Minds, Healthy Campuses and Project True. PEDAW is launched the first full week in February with activities and events taking place throughout the year.

For more information on any of the events, email

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