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September 25, 2017
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…More
August 4, 2017
I think I was about 12 years old when I realised I liked other boys. I stayed uncomfortably ‘closeted’ for another 10 years before I started opening up to those closest to me. Throughout those in-between years, and as many young people do, I became increasingly self-aware and aware of those around me. My last…More
July 28, 2017
  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…More
April 24, 2017
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…More
February 28, 2017
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…More
February 23, 2017
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…More
February 8, 2017
Guest Post by: Dr. Adele Lafrance, C.Psych, Natasha Files, MSW, RSW, & Alison Bell, MA, RCC  There is no relationship connection more powerful than that between parent and child. The strength and importance of this connection is clearly reflected in the pain parents experience when they are a witness to their child’s suffering, including an eating…More
February 1, 2017
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…More
January 11, 2017
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…More
January 11, 2017
  PEDAW is putting on a FREE public panel event to celebrate and acknowledge Eating Disorders Awareness Month (every February!) and promote prevention and awareness of eating disorders. We are proud to provide this opportunity for you to listen and ask questions to our panelists as they share their illuminated perspectives on the event theme,…More