YOU ARE WHOLE. YOU ARE ENOUGH.

Your worth can’t be measured by the numbers on the scale, the size of your clothes, or the reflection in the mirror. Love your body and love yourself.
Every. Single. Day.

Jessie’s Legacy provides education, resources and inspiration to prevent eating disorders and address disordered eating.

Created and operated by Family Services of the North Shore, this innovative program supports BC youth, families, educators and professionals through online resources, live events, social media, and the Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves movement.
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Joanna answers your questions...

Question: What’s the difference between disordered eating and an eating disorder?

"The spectrum ranges from healthy eating on one end, where food isn’t given a whole lot of focus, except as something that is both pleasurable and functional to good health. Disordered eating sits in the centre of the spectrum, characterized by preoccupation with weight and shape, calorie restriction, use of weight-loss supplements, Yo-yo dieting (cycles of losing and then gaining weight), and finally, with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder at the other end of the spectrum. Health can be very compromised with engagement in disordered eating. " ... Read More

Question: Why won’t s/he just eat?

"Eating disorders are not just about food; they are far more complicated. This can be a difficult concept to grasp because it contradicts what appears to be the only problem: “If only you’d just eat something!” An eating disorder is really about gaining some kind of control in a world that, sometimes for reasons that won’t seem apparent, feels very out of control. The eating disorder becomes a coping mechanism to take some control back. Controlling the food you eat and what you will and will not take into your body can feel very powerful." ... Read More

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December 14, 2017

What will YOU be doing for Eating Disorders Awareness Week

It’s that time of year again! As you know, the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) Campaign:  love our bodies, love ourselves, is launched every year from February 1-7 with activities and events taking place throughout the year.  It is a province wide effort to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as … Read More

March 22, 2019

How Social Media Influences our Body Image

Body image includes a person’s beliefs, thoughts, and attitudes towards their body. Having a healthy body image means feeling comfortable and confident in your body and accepting the uniqueness of your natural body shape and size. The prevalence and popularity of social media can have a negative impact on how we view ourselves and make … Read More

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events

Anorexics & Bulimics Anonymous

September 30, 2015, 7pm – 8pm

657 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A4, Canada (map)

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jessie’s story

This program is dedicated to Jessie Alexander, who inspires us to practice daily kindness – both to ourselves and to others. Known for her warm smile, easy laugh and unwavering compassion, this is her legacy of love.
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