The Women's Center in partnership with the Renfrew Center Foundation, a treatment facility for those affected with eating disorders, is promoting events for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The events are sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Sexuality Acceptance and Freedom of Expression (S.A.F.E.).
"Every physical attribute has its own character. Let that character shine. Be bold and be beautiful," Stephanie Hernandez, the Graduate Assistant for Equity Diversity Programs said. That is the message behind Operation Beautiful, a guerilla campaign of Post-It Notes with positive messages of body image that can be found around campus.
The campaign has been active on several other campuses in N.J. and the Women's Center decided to get Ramapo students involved.
"I think it's important for girls to embrace their body, but how you look at yourself inside matters more. Be confident," freshman Katherine Bollozos said. Bollozos personally knows someone affected by an eating disorder.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 80 percent of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance, and 20 to 25 percent of women develop partial or full-syndrome eating disorders. However, this is not a gender specific issue. Many men are also dissatisfied with their bodies, and approximately 4 to 10 percent of college-aged males develop eating disorders.
"Body image is not a conversation amongst men. They don't talk about it, but it affects men greatly, just as much as women. It just takes different forms," Tom Nicholes, the Graduate Assistant for the Women's Center said. "Be the hero of your own story and appreciate yourself," said Nicholes, who believes that influence from the media contributes to negative perceptions of body image.
Eating Disorder Awareness Week Events
Sex and Body Image – Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. in SC138.
Join S.A.F.E for a discussion on body image, self-perception, sexual behavior and desire.
Mind of an Eating Disorder Table – Thursday from 12-2 p.m. in the Student Center.
Stop by to fill out Post-It Notes for Operation Beautiful. Pamphlets and information on eating disorders will be provided.
Aren't you Fed Up & Mind of an Eating Disorder Art Display- Thursday from 1-2 p.m. in the Alumni Lounges.
Come see an art display from the Renfrew Community while Guest Speaker Nancy Graham, Professional Relations Representative for The Renfrew Center of New Jersey, discusses positive body image. Information and food will be provided.