Our ChangeDay BC Pledge!

People are heavily influenced by societal pressures and the media with how they should look.  Unfortunately, these unrealistic media images of thin and lean models can take an emotional toll by making us feel like we don’t measure up. For some people, this can result in unhealthy dieting and weight control behaviors in an attempt … Read More

Family Services and Jessie’s Legacy Celebrate #PRIDE2017 !

  Family Services of the North Shore and Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention & Awareness Program will be celebrating the 39th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday, August 6th, 2017. We will have a booth at the Sunset Beach Festival to promote our unique theme of #BODYPRIDE!    Why #BODYPRIDE? Every year around Pride there … Read More

Guest Post: Why It’s Necessary but Still Hard to “Talk About It”

It seems especially fitting that a public statement about my past and present struggles with eating disorders should come weeks after National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017.  This year, as in past years, the focus of the public health initiative promoted by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) – to erase stigma, enhance understanding, and increase … Read More

PEDAW – How a positive message can bring together a community

Last year I saw a display at the City of North Vancouver City Hall for the PEDAW -Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week Campaign. I had not heard anything about it before and was curious about the “purple” bracelets with the logo “love our bodies” on it. I started taking part in the Goose Chase App … Read More

Highlights from the 2017 Eating Disorders Awareness Week!

As you know, the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) Campaign: love our bodies, love ourselves, is launched every year from February 1-7!  And with literally HUNDREDS of photos, tweets, posts, and messages sent throughout the week, we were only able to include a select few from the week-long fun to highlight.   Please enjoy this snapshot … Read More

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is finally HERE!

Body image among youth in BC is a growing problem. “A third of healthy weight males were trying to gain weight, while 52% of healthy weight females were trying to lose weight.” (McCreary Centre Society, 2013).   Every year, February 1-7th marks Eating Disorders Awareness Week, an annual event aimed not only at bringing this … Read More

PEDAW: A Provincial and National Campaign

Eating Disorder Awareness Week has been officially proclaimed in the Province of British Columbia for February 1st – 7th, 2017!   Province of British Columbia City of Victoria, Capital of BC City of Vancouver, largest city in BC See all of the proclamations done for 2016:  http://bit.ly/2heLXnh   And join us in taking part and … Read More