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A-State to host first Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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Posted: Saturday, February 24, 2018 6:45 pm

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Feb. 26 to March 4 and for the first time Arkansas State University is hosting a week’s worth of activities to recognize the national week.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website, the NEDA is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

A-State’s full week of events will raise awareness of various eating disorders and promote body positivity. Student Life Counselor, Devin Nelson, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Michele Merritt, co-organized the events.

The Counseling Center will host information booths and other activities that encourage student participation. The center will host “Positive Post-Its” in the Student Union on Monday. Students are asked to write a positive message that will be posted on the wall outside the cafeteria. Tuesday there will be a Quiz Wheel in the Student Union for students to test their knowledge about eating disorders.

The Counseling Center will provide screenings for any students concerned about their eating habits from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

A panel discussion titled “Social Constructions of Healthy Bodies: Fatphobia, Feminism, and Dominant Narratives of Thinness” will feature guest speakers Liz Victor from William Paterson University and Shawna Felkins from the University of Kentucky at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The event is free and open to the public.

A-State’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week is sponsored by the Counseling Center, Women and Gender Studies, The College of Nursing and Health Professions, and The College of Liberal Arts and Communication.


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