California State University, Northridge’s Joint Advocates for Disordered Eating (JADE) Peer Education Program sponsored National Eating Disorder Awareness Week on campus, Feb. 21-23.
The theme for this year’s week of programs was inner growth and acceptance of body size.
The events consisted of a variety of workshops, guest speakers, an eating disorder awareness museum, grocery giveaway and a campuswide tabling fair — featuring programs, organizations and departments that embodied this year’s theme.
The week kicked off on “Mirrorless Monday,” where organizers covered mirrors around campus with paper — to help students place less emphasis on personal appearance.
Mirrorless Monday also featured a lecture by Ellen Bauersfeld, a dietitian at the Klotz Student Health Center, on the subject of intuitive eating. An intuitive eater knows when they are hungry or full, and they are able to make food choices without experiencing guilt, she said. Bauersfeld spoke about different eating styles, noting that eating intuitively is the goal.
“The key for all of us is to find out what we really need,” said Bauersfeld. “How can I find out what I need in this moment?”
On Tuesday, JADE and other campus organizations set up booths in the University Student Union and hosted a tabling fair. Some booths featured information from different organizations and free activities that focused on growth and acceptance. After visiting all of the featured booths, students received a bag of free produce to take with them.
The week’s programs closed out on Wednesday with three guest speakers who addressed the theme of inner growth and acceptance, as well as one panel discussion — all free of cost.
“We’re trying to bring awareness to a very serious issue that’s going on in a lot of campuses across the country,” said Rosio Rosales, a senior sociology major and JADE peer educator. “[JADE] is trying to provide resources to those who are struggling.”