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Eating Disorder Awareness

For our WGS 150 activism project, we decided to shed a new, fresh light on disordered eating on Vanderbilt's campus.
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Carrie Fry

on 21 April 2010

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Transcript of Eating Disorder Awareness

Why Eating Disorders? Film Screening Advertising
Open Dialogue What happened? 1 in 5 American women are affected by some form of disordered eating
the prevalence of eating disorders on college camupses is even higher than the national average (1 in 4)
Vanderbilt's social atmosphere (the clothes we wear, the magazines we view) contribute to the increased prevalence of disordered eating Flyers
created an event on Facebook
invited 100+ people
received ~20 "attending" responses placed in various academic and residence buildings around campus we felt that in order to make progress on this issue we had to have some form of open, honest discussion about the issues of disordered eating and its roots on campus
dialogue was to be facilitated by our group's members and gave students a chance to speak about the videos and disordered eating
involved Kayti Protos from the Women's Center, whose primary interest is eating disorders and women
Screened Jean Kilbourne's, Slim Hopes, which examines the effect of advertising on how we view our bodies
Kilbourne argues that the "waif look" of models has led 80% of 10 year-old girls to begin dieting
Here is a clip from the video:
despite the fact that the event was well advertised and 20 people rsvp'ed to the event, no one ended up coming to the video screening or open discussion
we have several theories as to why this happened
fear of judgment uncomfortable what are your thoughts? Eating Disorder Awareness scared unwilling denial The Silver Lining Kayti asked us the hard questions: Why did no one come?
How could we have gotten people to come?
Why is this such an issues?

We took the dialogue generated by these questions to discuss how we could actually put our activism project into effect. Even though there were no students at our activism project, we got some really great feedback from Kayti Protos
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