"Love our Bodies, Love Ourselves!" is a movement launched by the B.C. Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign, coordinated by Amy Pezzente, to bring awareness to the public in preventing eating disorders and building
self-esteem with a positive body image!
People who have never experienced the
difficulty of being truly mired in disordered eating and thoughts revolving
around food don't realize how isolating it can be, and often can't fathom why
the 'patients' can't just talk about it and eat more. When I began the downward
spiral into anorexia at age 15, I didn't want anything to do with eating
disorder (ED) support groups because I didn't want others to see my face and
remember me for my disease. I rejected in-patient and out-patient group
treatments and refused anything beyond weekly one-on-one counselling. I wish I
had known there was something as completely anonymous as the Looking Glass
online forum. I probably would have felt less alone and scared.
support offers those who are experiencing an ED an outlet to rant, to ask for
help, to share how their day to day battle with food turned out, all without
fear of being judged by strangers, or being exposed in real life. It is beyond
valuable because distance and location doesn't matter as long as you have
access to the internet! Looking Glass forum sessions take place across Canada for all
ages on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:30-6:00 PM and 7:30-9:00 PM [PST].
There's also something to be said about being able to get support from the
safety of your home. You can be all the way in Ontario
and be talking with someone in British
Columbia! What's great about the Looking Glass Foundation
is that they see this experience as a valuable tool to help others, not a flaw
that prevents one from being a volunteer. Few people can empathize better than
those who have gone through the fear of weight gain, hate of body fat, anxiety
from bloat, and inability to stop on a self-destructive path.
a facilitator, I feel like I am making a difference in someone's day when they
log on and decide to trust with me with their thoughts. I'm grateful I can turn
what was a negative period of my life into something positive by interacting
with people who are currently in a negative period of their lives. If you or
someone you know are experiencing disordered thoughts around eating and food,
there are a many ways to contact Looking Glass Foundation. Please don't
hesitate to do so, whether it be for more information about the summer camps or
to seek support through the online forum.