Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What if....

what if...
Hunger means you eat when physically hungry instead of emotionally hungry.
Attitudes about your size has to with the size of your heart instead of the size of your body.
People accept and value you for who you are, not according to how you look.
Problems are resolved in ways other than stuffing your feelings with food.
You spend as much time and energy on helping others, as you do on how you look.

Happiness comes from within rather than from expectations of others.
Occasions for the holidays emphasize relating to others instead of emphasizing food.
Love of self means you deserve to treat yourself in the best humanly possible way.
Identity of self involves more than how you look.
Disapproval of self is changed to approval of who you are.
Acceptance of what one can not change includes your body features.
You treat yourself as you treat your best friend.
Society values you for being you without emphasis to your weight or size. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Q&A with Amy!: Dealing with the Holiday Stress

Q:    Hi Amy.  So, the holidays are coming up and I’m kind of nervous about all the food that’s going to be around and comments from family.  Do you have any advice?     
A:    I completely understand where you’re coming from! I don’t think I have met anyone with an eating disorder that really looks forward to the holidays! My entire family (and yes, that includes my aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, their dogs etc.) knew I was in treatment for an eating disorder. This made me incredibly anxious about our family gatherings: Will they be watching what I eat the entire time? Will they think I’ve lost weight? Will they think I’ve gained weight? What if I cave in and eat some of those tempting ‘forbidden’ foods? What if I eat too much? What if I eat too little and someone comments? What if I can’t exercise because of the snow outside! What if I start to eat and can’t stop!  …and this list goes on. 

Christmas was the most feared time of year for me. I had to face two of my worst fears: food and people. And, more importantly, I felt guilty for not being happy during this ‘happy’ time. I felt unworthy to be happy. Now looking back, it’s completely understandable, with the huge emphasis placed on food throughout the holiday season! When I had an eating disorder, I remember this made sticking to a meal plan much more challenging! And to add to everything, my therapist I was seeing was off for the month of December, which left me feeling stranded on my own trying to remain relapse-free. The one thing my therapist told me to do was plan, plan, and PLAN! I also got my mom on board with the plan, which gave me the support I needed and accountability. 

Here is a list of a few ideas that may help you during the holidays:

•Plan ahead. Think of a friend or family member who you can call when you are feeling stressed, having negative thoughts, or difficult emotions. We have feelings and emotions that resurface during the holiday season and it is important to have a plan for when those feelings arise so that we don’t behave in a self-destructive way.  Call them ahead of time and let them know of your concerns, needs, and the possibility of them receiving a call from you.

•Take time for yourself!  Plan to spend some time everyday—even if it is only 10 minutes—to take a walk, write, or just, be. Try to think about what is truly important in your life.

•Be curious. If you find that you are punishing yourself for over-indulging or eating foods you normally would not eat, try not to be judgmental about those feelings. Write in a journal, call a friend, or talk about it with your therapist. Remember, you deserve nourishment

•Focus on the holiday aspects unrelated to food and weight (ie. Decorations! The snow! Family)! 

•Talk with loved ones about important issues to you: decisions, victories, challenges, fears, concerns, goals, special moments, relationships, and your feelings about them. Make agreements with how your family can best support you (ie. don’t make food the focus during the holidays).

•Consider choosing a loved one (for me, it was my mom) to be your "reality check" with food, to either help plate up food for you, or to give you a reality check on the food portions which you dish up for yourself.

•If you feel you need to, set some boundaries for yourself by telling people ahead of time that you do not want anyone to comment on your appearance or your eating. This is a reasonable request. You matter.

•If you have to be at a function with certain people who make you feel uncomfortable, plan ways to excuse yourself from their immediate presence.

•Write down your goal of where you want to be after the holidays are over. Take time once a day to find a quiet place to become in tune again with your goal, to remember, to nurture, and to center yourself into those thoughts and feelings. Make your goals about "doing something" rather than about trying to prevent something.  If you have food goals, consider adding personal, emotional, spiritual, and relationship goals as well.

•Strive to be flexible in what you eat and guidelines during the holidays, and take a break from that self-imposed criticism, rigidity, and perfectionism.

•Make a list of things you can do to help relax and distract yourself from the feelings of fullness after a meal (ie. go for a walk, talk to a family member, go for a drive, etc.).

•If you have a period where you end up bingeing or purging, do not beat yourself up over it. Write it down, talk it through with someone you trust, and move forward. Nobody is perfect.

Try not to avoid social situations where there will be loads of food. Have you ever turned down an invitation only to end up bingeing by yourself? I certainly have, and it's very depressing. Get dressed, get out, engage in conversation and try not to focus on what is being served. Give yourself permission to eat if you're hungry, and don't if you're not. 

•If you feel yourself starting to panic because you are feeling too full or if you allowed yourself to eat foods that you consider to be forbidden, remind yourself it is okay to eat what you did, that food will not make you fat, and it is okay to eat more during the holidays. 

•Prepare responses to make to people who may say something to you that would make you uncomfortable. I always hated it when people mentioned, “oh Amy, you look good,” because I interpreted ‘good’ as being ‘fat’! This is not the case at all! I realize now that they really meant it--I actually looked good! Stop your eating disorder voice in its track! You do look good and are proud of the hard work you’ve accomplished!! So say in response, “thank-you! I think so too!”  

•Know your triggers – take steps to avoid getting pushed off track.

•It might be helpful to talk with your parents and ask them to make it clear with your aunts, uncles, etc. not to comment on your appearance.

•Be honest with yourself and to others who support you. The eating disorder is very conniving, and even the littlest lie hurts a lot. Keep no secrets. 

•At the dinner table, sit next to someone who understands your recovery, if possible (for me it was my cousin!).

Allow yourself to have fun rather than rigidly focusing on food or body concerns.  Give yourself permission! 

•Enjoy yourself!  Make sure you take time to enjoy the people around you and the essence of the holiday season!  You deserve it!!


…So thankfully I no longer get stressed out during the holidays (except of course for the last minute rush of holiday shoppers!), and I dont experience anxiety about the meals anymore. Recovery took time and enjoying holidays didn’t come easy, but as long as you keep fighting and never give up, food will no longer prevent you from enjoying the holidays. You will be able to think of them as a time to gather with loved ones and start looking forward to them as I do!
Wishing everyone a minimally stressful, maximally happy and healthy holiday season!!!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Three ways you can support the Love Our Bodies campaign!

We're in a contest through Westcoast Families to win a remarkable opportunity for marketing through their magazine!

First, if you haven't voted, you can vote for us here.  Simply click on the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign!  

Want to help #spreadtheword?  Here are three ways you can show your support:
1.  Post a Facebook status:

Have you voted for the BC Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness campaignThey are trying to win a charity ad contest and you can vote for them here:
Voting closes Dec. 15th.

2.  Include a link in your email signature:
Vote for the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign in the WestCoast Families Charity Ad Contest 
Voting closes Dec. 15th.
3.  Twitter:
Click this link, and it will post a Twitter status about voting

And that's it!  Simple, easy, and only takes a second to help make a difference!

With gratitude,

Friday, October 18, 2013

Guest Post: Julie Sweeney

On Saturday, October 5th I had the privilege of presenting and holding a booth at the Teen Fest in Victoria, BC!

I wanted to be involved with Teen Fest because I believe that working with Teens is vital to creating change in society. I believe that the younger we can start promoting a healthy body image and education around disordered eating, mental health etc, the more securely  people will grow. I struggled as a teen in a variety of ways and wanted to bring that experience to my business to help educate teens and adults about those topics. Bringing the knowledge of my past, my personal experience, and my education gives me the ability to understand where others are coming from and what they might need in the way of guidance and education themselves.

I believe that it's important for teens to know they are not alone. Really, it's important we all know we are not alone --I really like group therapy for that reason. It brings people of any age together  who are coping with similar issues and allowing them the privilege to know they are not alone. I want to reduce stigma and shame and help people to see that there is a different option other than guilt, shame, and anger. Body image issues start young and if not attended to, can last right through adulthood. 

I want to help people of all ages who are still struggling to love themselves in the body they are in.
I want people to be in the best place for themselves to receive the help they need.



To find more about Julie and her counseling services, visit her website:

Monday, October 7, 2013

Are you up for a challenge?

Our Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness week, which traditionally occurs during the month of February, will be here sooner than you think!  So we want to ask you:
  • What would you like to see/have happen during this very important month?
  • What sort of 'challenge' would most interest you?   
Be as creative as you like!  This week is all about awareness, prevention, and reducing the stigma that tends to go along with eating disorders!  

Please comment below, or send us your ideas at! 


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Weight Stigma Awareness Week: Changing Attitudes in a Weight Bias World

Changing Attitudes in a Weight Bias World

Amy Pizzente
Amy Pezzente works for the Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program and coordinates the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign.
BEDA promotes cultural acceptance of, and respect for, the natural diversity of sizes, as well as promoting a goal of improved health, which may or may not include weight change.  The views expressed by our featured bloggers are their own.
I once equated thin with fitness, health and happiness. Was I ever wrong.
My journey through my own eating disorder showed how wrong this was, with such a distorted perception that being ‘thin’ was the only and ideal standard of living. It wasn’t until I had a ‘heavier’ fitness instructor who outran, outstretched, and outlifted me that I began to change my views. She showed me how wrong I was and I shifted my mindset.
But the majority of society isn’t at peace with their bodies, making ‘fat’ a problem and causing physically and mentally damaging side effects from repeated cycles of weight loss and regain, unhealthy weight loss behaviors, poor body image, eating disorders, stress, stigmatization, and discrimination. This bias exists even within our healthcare system. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Through my work as coordinator for the British Columbia Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW)* campaign, I have the opportunity to help shift the focus to health and well-being, and not weight. We give presentations to elementary and high schools about eating disorders, self-esteem, and body image and help students understand that the problem lies within cultural attitudes about weight, and not their bodies. It is important to get these messages about loving our bodies to children, youth and families so that they can question the messages that are out there without causing destruction to their own bodies. We would never want a child to feel unworthy because of the bias that is prevalent in our society.
I also work closely with BC Mental Health and Addiction Services who is developing an online and interactive resource to address weight stigma within the healthcare setting. The Weight Bias and Stigma resource will provide opportunities for healthcare professionals to reflect on their attitudes and beliefs about weight and shape, examine the evidence about weight, weight bias and health, and develop skills for working with patients who are living with weight issues.
I am confident we can reduce weight stigma; there is a lot of work happening and a lot of work to be done, but if we work together and spread the message that weight bias is not acceptable, things will start changing. It is my hope that society will start to believe that there is health at every size.

* The 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. PEDAW is launched the first full week in February with activities and events taking place throughout the year. 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, and Healthy Minds, Healthy Campuses.

For more information, check out: 

The Weight Bias and Stigma resource is currently under development and will be pilot tested in Spring 2014. Please email for more information.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Reblogged: How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body

How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.
Don’t say anything if she’s lost weight. Don’t say anything if she’s gained weight.
If you think your daughter’s body looks amazing, don’t say that. Here are some things you can say instead:
“You look so healthy!” is a great one.
Or how about, “you’re looking so strong.”
“I can see how happy you are – you’re glowing.”
Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.
Don’t comment on other women’s bodies either. Nope. Not a single comment, not a nice one or a mean one.
Teach her about kindness towards others, but also kindness towards yourself.
Don’t you dare talk about how much you hate your body in front of your daughter, or talk about your new diet. In fact, don’t go on a diet in front of your daughter. Buy healthy food. Cook healthy meals. But don’t say “I’m not eating carbs right now.” Your daughter should never think that carbs are evil, because shame over what you eat only leads to shame about yourself.
Encourage your daughter to run because it makes her feel less stressed. Encourage your daughter to climb mountains because there is nowhere better to explore your spirituality than the peak of the universe. Encourage your daughter to surf, or rock climb, or mountain bike because it scares her and that’s a good thing sometimes.
Help your daughter love soccer or rowing or hockey because sports make her a better leader and a more confident woman. Explain that no matter how old you get, you’ll never stop needing good teamwork. Never make her play a sport she isn’t absolutely in love with.
Prove to your daughter that women don’t need men to move their furniture.
Teach your daughter how to cook kale.
Teach your daughter how to bake chocolate cake made with six sticks of butter.
Pass on your own mom’s recipe for Christmas morning coffee cake. Pass on your love of being outside.
Maybe you and your daughter both have thick thighs or wide ribcages. It’s easy to hate these non-size zero body parts. Don’t. Tell your daughter that with her legs she can run a marathon if she wants to, and her ribcage is nothing but a carrying case for strong lungs. She can scream and she can sing and she can lift up the world, if she wants.
Remind your daughter that the best thing she can do with her body is to use it to mobilize her beautiful soul.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Back to School, by the amazing Sioned Dyer

Well there is no turning back now, school is ON!

Going back to school can be an exciting time but it can also be a stressful time too. It’s exciting because you can reconnect with friends you hadn’t seen much of over the summer and there is something comforting about getting back to a routine (or is that just me). It’s stressful because, well, high school is tough. It is tough on so many levels. I won’t remind you of the many reasons why this is so but I think most people agree that there are is a lot of pressure to fit in. You have to be friends with the right people, wear the right clothes, get the right grades, figure out how to deal with people, with yourself, with your parents/guardians…I realize I’m giving you the reasons I said I wasn’t going to. Moving on.

One of the biggest things I struggled with in school was feeling good in my body. And with that, I struggled to find someone who understood what that was like. It seemed like my all friends were skipping along with not a care in the world while I was trying to get through the day without feeling terrible about myself. I didn’t think there was anyone who would understand the freight-train of emotions I was dealing with at any given moment. I know now that this is not true and that EVERYONE has struggles, but they disguise it really well so we just don’t see it.

If I were to travel back in time to visit with 16-year-old Sioned before she started school, I would sit her down and tell her the following:

  • High School is hard and sometimes it just needs to be endured- feel good knowing that you are getting through someone which requires a lot of courage on a daily, hourly basis.
  • You are beautiful because you are you.
  • Find that one friend who you can share your stresses with. All you need is one person. 500 Facebook friends and their ‘likes’ will not provide you with the validation and love that one friend can give you.
  • Know that if you aren’t feeling great in your skin, it is OK. But rather than focusing on the fact that you may not look like the supermodel of the week (in part, because she is a Photoshopped robot), take time to appreciate what your body can do and what that feels like. What does it feel like to have strong legs, to have arms that give great hugs, to have warmth and grace that spills out from your heart onto your glowing face? It’s only when I shifted my perspective to think like this that I began to feel good in my skin.

So while you may not see yourself reflected back in magazines, in music videos or any other media platform, you have great worth that extends beyond this superficial world. I hope you enjoy your year and surround yourself with people that make you feel good, even if that ends up being one person. Trust me, that one person’s awesomeness will get you through the crazy obstacle course that is highschool!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Photography Contest Photo Collage!

Thank-you to all the wonderful entries of our 'Perfect is BORING' Photography Contest!

Be sure to check back for future contests and events! #loveourbodies

Monday, September 9, 2013

WINNERS of our Photography Contest!


We truly appreciate everyone's enthusiasm to help us bring awareness of eating disorders and imperfection.  This is such an important topic and your active role and support helped start meaningful, preventative, and engaging discussions around eating disorders, so for that, thank-you.



"The photo is called 'Never thin enough' It is a photo graphix representation on how my partner wants to see herself although she is extremely thin she considers herself as fat. We have been together for 12 years now and I have been with her through four stays at hospital eating disorder clinic in house treatment where the young women stay at the hospitals three month program and cannot leave until the program has finished. Sadly she is still in the grip of this unrelenting condition although she is better than she used to be. I am hopeful that eventually she will beat this problem." 



 "This is a picture of myself wearing the Revolution shirt for your contest.  I am around the heaviest I have been in my life but feel the happiest and most content with who I am and where I am going."  


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Guest Post: The beautiful Sioned Dyer

I remember when I was in high school and I would spend hours scouring magazines, cutting out articles on how to lose weight and get the body that would finally make me happy. In reality, I was an athletic young woman who did not need to lose weight, but everything around me was telling me that in order to fit in, I had to look a certain way. I spent years unlearning this idea and only now in my late 20’s do I feel like I am there.

Looking back, it is really no surprise that I felt so unattractive and in that, unworthy of love and happiness. Every magazine I read was focused on making me feel ugly and needing improvement in order to get me to buy the products advertised within their pages. And for a long time, it worked. I spent most of my hard earned babysitting money on lotions, concealers, nail polish and beauty products that promised to make me into a prettier, happier and better person that I was told I needed to be. I followed the exercises in the magazines and severely reduced my diet in order to be 'my best self'. And despite what they told me I was going to feel like, it was one of the worst times of my life. I felt like I was always losing despite my best efforts and intentions.

I struggled in this existence for a long time and mostly by myself, as I was too embarrassed to talk to anyone about how I was feeling. But as I struggled, I also gained a lot of clarity about how incorrect the media was when it came to images of women. And then I started to get angry. After all, I was living proof that following all the make-up and exercise routines did not, in fact, make me happy. I was a full on miserable young woman. It took some time (and anger) to realize that what I was being told by advertisements and beauty commercials had nothing to do with helping me be my best self and everything to do with money. Beauty, cosmetic, and fitness companies are multi-billion monstrosities that focus on the following ideas:

  1. Our self-worth as humans is primarily defined by our physical beauty
  2. Our natural beauty needs to be built upon in order to be truly beautiful

As I said, it took me a long time to appreciate that I was the one who decided my own self-worth. It wasn’t easy and it still isn’t, but there are a couple ideas that I hold on to as being absolutely true:

  • You owe it to yourself to treat yourself with the upmost respect, love and compassion. If your friend came to you and told you how terrible they felt about themselves and how ugly they were, what would you say to them? Give yourself the same pep talk you would give to a friend.
  • I am the best at being me. There is not one single person in the world who is better at being me and so it would be a disservice to try and be somebody else.
  • Trying to live up to someone else’s standards of beauty is a losing game- that is a fact. If you put your self-worth in someone else’s hands, you will never feel truly good about yourself.
  • It takes time to come to love your self honestly. We have been told since birth that we are supposed to look a certain way, act a certain way and to think a certain way, so changing this ingrained and narrow perspective of female beauty takes time. 

So while I still have the occasional bad day where I let the media affect my sense of self, I know in my heart that when it comes down to it, I am a smart, capable and determined young woman. And that is a beautiful thing.

~ by Sioned Dyer

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Are you up for a challenge?

Our Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness week, which traditionally occurs during the first full week of February, will be here sooner than you think!  So we want to ask YOU:  
  • What would YOU like to see/have happen during this very important week?
  • What sort of 'challenge' for the week would most interest you?   
Be as creative as you like!  This week is all about YOU!  
So together, let's talk prevention, awareness, and make some noise around eating disorders!

Please comment below, or send us your ideas at! 


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Top 10 Suggestions...

1)  I am only food. Thou shall not give me more time and attention than you give to your faith.

2)  Thou shall not count calories when you should be counting your blessings. 

3)  Thou shall not spend money on diet programs that could be spent to feed the starving. 

4)  Remember to honor thy body,with good food,exercise,and rest. 

5)  Thou shall not judge another's virtue by their size

6)  Thou shall not believe that girth is a measure of worth. 

7)  Thou shall not envy the bodies of your neighbors. 

8)  Thou shall not binge or purge,or feel guilt for enjoying the blessings of good food. 

9) Thou shall not believe the false promises of diet books and fads and drugs. 

10)  Thou shall not honor your mirror more than your soul. 

~Katherine Derengowski

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Your body is okay....

Why do some people view the world through a weight lens? Whether it's counting calories, judging when looking in a mirror, or making assumptions about someone’s character based on their body size?

I want you all to know that your body is okay. Your size is okay. You can change how you feel about your body by changing your self-talk. Understand that your body has an opinion of what it should weigh at this time in your life. It regulates weight around a set-point that is pretty much nearly impossible to change! 

Your weight is not a measure of your self-worth. 
Accept yourself and set yourself free from this burden, and I promise you your entire life will change for the better.

Friday, August 2, 2013

A little something Fitness Professionals should Ponder...

Have you ever suspected that one of your clients has an eating disorder?  Maybe they always seem exhausted, are taking two or three cardio classes each day, or lost a significant amount of weight.  The secretive aspects of eating disorders make detection challenging and possibly go unnoticed by family and friends.  This puts fitness professionals in a unique and ideal position to detect individuals who are struggling with eating disorders.  People trust their trainers, listen to them, use them as role models, and take their advice.  Because of this, it is essential fitness professionals feel equipped and confident in their abilities to address eating disorder concerns with individuals. 

Still not convinced? Consider the following food for thought... 
  • An estimated 95% of University students diagnosed with an eating disorder (both men AND women) are members of fitness centers.
  • Over one million people in Canada suffer from an eating disorder or have significant symptoms.
  • Of all psychiatric disorders, eating disorders hold the highest mortality rate due to natural and unnatural causes.
  • 25% of all reported cases are male (7 million).
  • 91% of University students attempted to control their weight through diet.

These statistics briefly shed some light on the severity of a widespread struggle that has a particular hold on people. I know for myself, I refused to allow a morsel of food pass through my lips without a punishing and exhausting workout. My body was an enemy that needed to be controlled and punished through exercise. I remember purchasing a membership at my local gym and would wake every morning at 5:00am to be the first one there, exercise for an hour per machine (bike, then elliptical, then treadmill – all while watching Food Network TV), come home by 9:00am, shower, and off to school. I would compare myself to everyone at the gym, wondering how in awe they must be of my magnificent thin creation.  But what should you say to someone like me?  What should you not say?  How can you help?  Come join me on Wednesday, August 14th at 6:00pm in the InfoFIT Education Centre where I’ll share my struggle with anorexia and help clarify this delicate and tremendously important topic of eating disorders.  I’ll dispel some myths, shed some light into what goes on in the mind of an eating disorder, discuss ways to recover, and how to approach a client.  I’ll have several resources with me and information on eating disorder programs across the Province of B.C.

Fitness professionals are very quick and happy to jump on individuals for weight loss, and it is important to be just as quick to respond to eating disorders.

Hope to see you there.


Note: The following statistics have been compiled from specific research studies and papers found on the National Eating Disorders Information Centre. These statistics may not be applicable to other groups. See for more information

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Looking for an Eating Disorders Family/Friends Support Group in BC?

Jessie's Legacy Eating Disorders Support Group:
For parents, partners and caregivers

Support is crucial for everyone involved with an eating disorder: This is a support group for parents and partners who deal with the challenges and struggles of having a family member with an eating disorder. Through this group you can: Share your experiences and ask questions in a supportive environment, Learn that you are not alone in this experience, Gain strength and wisdom from others who have “been there”; and Expand your knowledge of the supports and resources available to you.

Dates: Meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of the Month. Note: no meeting if Monday falls on a holiday.
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Family Services of the North Shore
101 – 255 West 1st Street
North Vancouver, Bc V7M 3G8
Phone: 604-988-5281
Cost: No fee!

Cant make it?  It can be accessed via teleconference to anyone in the Province of BC! 

To register/for more information, call 604-988-5281

Friday, July 19, 2013

Enter our Photography Contest!

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign presents...
love our bodies, love ourselves: Perfect is BORiNG! 

This unique contest invites BC amateur photographers to explore striking images that reflect beauty in imperfections!  Submitted images will be showcased on our
love our bodies, love ourselves blog:

Contest Theme:  Take images that capture our subtheme Perfect is BORiNG!  and illustrate the beauty in imperfections.  
Who can enter:  Amateur photographers of all ages across BC.
Prizes:  Top 3 winners will receive our official  Perfect is BORiNG!  t-shirt and
love our bodies, love ourselves wristbands!
Submissions:  Email images to by contest deadline August 31st, 2013. Maximum 3 images per person. If you would prefer to keep your name anonymous, please email us your preference for photo credits.
Judging:  Winners will be chosen by the most number of votes judged by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) committee members.
Winners Announced:  Top 3 winners will be posted on 
love our bodies, love ourselves blog on September 9th, 2013 at 12:00pm PST.

Hurry! Submit photos to:
by August 31, 2013!


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. Our mission is to provide an eating disorder prevention approach and resiliency based system of services, workshops, education, and support to people of all ages in BC. 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, and Healthy Minds, Healthy Campuses.

Disclaimer: By entering this contest, I grant PEDAW the rights to display my photo on all social media platforms, and submit my photo for inclusion of future media materials including newspaper/print/online media. Photos must be taken in the 2013 year. Contest limited to 3 photo entries per person. If you have any questions or concerns, please email