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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

National Eating Disorders Week

What a great and unique campaign. They have partnered with True Jeans to help people find jeans that fit according to their measurements.

The advice being given out by NEDA fits any of us:
Things to Do During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (or Anytime!)􀂐

Sign the National Eating Disorders Association’s Declaration of Independence from a Weight-Obsessed World to free yourself from the three D’s: Dieting, Drive for Thinness, and Body Dissatisfaction.

Consciously choose to avoid making comments about other people or yourself on the basis of body size or shape.

Throw out all of the diet products in your house.

Remind yourself and others that It’s What’s Inside That Counts!
There are more great tips in the PDF linked above. I am challenging myself, and inviting any of you to join me. Find one thing that you do that is negative to your body. Take a close look at it, and write about it. Decide if this is tied to an emotional response, or is a physical need. Think about ways to address it that avoid further demeaning yourself. Look for the positive in your body and yourself. We have a country full of people with disorder relationships to food. It is time to really address that, and take the morality out of food.