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PEDAW 2023 Events and Activities

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is launched every year from February 1st – 7th with activities and events taking place throughout the year.  It is a province-wide effort, brought to you by Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention & Awareness, a program of Family Services of the North Shore, to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem.

We hope you can take an active role to support the launch of this movement and start some meaningful and engaging discussions, as well as activities at your school, with your family or at your workplace.

Save the Date: Diverse Voices of Young Adults with Body Image and Eating Disorder Challenges















Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention Program and Family Services of the North Shore are pleased to present a province-wide event:

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Online

Our diverse panel of young adults will be answering your questions, sharing their stories, wisdom, and life experiences about navigating body image and disordered eating challenges.

• Hear stories of hope, inspiration and advice from individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences
• Learn how to better support someone in your life who is struggling
• Have the opportunity to ask questions and get honest answers






























Open to all individuals, families, and professionals!

You will be prompted to submit your questions or requested topics for our panel upon your registration.

For more information, contact our Jessie’s Legacy team directly at

Please ensure that you have a confidential space to attend.

Shortly after registration, you will receive a confirmation email. You will NOT receive a Zoom link to the event upon registration confirmation. 

Your Zoom link will be emailed to you via Eventbrite, 3 hours prior to event. Please note that you will also receive reminder emails in the lead up to the event. The event will be recorded and shared afterwards if you are unable to attend.

Provincial Proclamation – Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2023

Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week in B.C. runs annually from February 1st to 7th.

Click the link below see our proclamation for this year!

Eating Disorders Awareness Week – February 1-7, 2023 

“Open Hearts. Honest Conversations.” Podcast










In this informative episode, Val is joined by two guests, Vicky and Joanna, who are both experts on eating disorders and disordered eating. Together they talk about the ways in which people of all genders can be pulled into this difficult experience, the stages, characteristics, and myths, and how family and loved ones can provide support.


  • Three common themes are explored as common characteristic of living with an eating disorder: disconnection, isolation, and stigma.
  • Through Vicky’s journey, elements of secrecy, loss, and shame are discussed, and how each can show up, intensify, and the role each plays progressively and overall.
  • We explore the difference between disordered eating and eating disorders
  • The understanding that eating disorders are about so much more than just food is discussed
  • The team recognizes eating disorders have historically focused on the experiences of women and girls, but in reality, people of all genders experience eating disorders, and the importance of understanding and addressing this limited perspective.

Listen to the podcast here

Responsible Media Guide

















Eating disorders have come back into the media spotlight in recent years. Yet, there are still too many occurrences that represent the issue in a manner that trivializes and stereotypes in the media. What language do we use when talking about eating disorders? How do we honor an individual’s lived experience and story?

In collaboration with Body Brave, BANA, Eating Disorders Nova Scotia, EDSNA, NEDIC, NIED, Sheena’s Place, WWEDC, and VIVED.

Access and download guidelines here

#ShowPurpleLove on February 1-7, 2023 and share on Social Media:

WHEN: February 1 to February 7, 2023

WHERE: Across B.C.

1. Wear purple and/or our Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves wristband from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, 2023

2. Take a photo of yourself or a landmark that is lit up in the color purple. Have fun and be creative!

3. Share your photo on social media using the hashtag #ShowPurpleLove #ShowUsYourPurple

We encourage you to use our captions or to share your own! Be sure to use our hashtags #ShowPurpleLove and #ShowUsYourPurple and tag @loveourbodies to help spread the message this year

We will share your social media posts all week long! If you would like to request a free wristband and live within BC, email us at to order your free wristbands.

Check Out Landmarks Across BC Lighting Up Purple:

WHEN: February 1 – February 7, 2023

WHERE: Across B.C.

Our community partners light up in purple every year to show their support for Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week!

Thank you to our 2022 community partners:

BC Parliament Buildings in Victoria, BC Place, Bloedel Conservatory, Campbell River Community Centre, Centennial Park in Fort St. John, City Hall of Vancouver, Burrard Street Bridge, Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam, Nanaimo Bastion, Surrey City Hall Plaza, City Hall of Port Moody, Port Moody Civic Centre, Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre, Canada Place, Science World at TELUS World of Science, Town of Comox, University of Northern British Columbia, District of Oak Bay, and White Rock Pier.

1. Snap a photo of a landmark lit up in purple during February 1 – 7, 2023

2. Share your photo on social media using the hashtags #ShowPurpleLove #edaw2023 and tag us @loveourbodiesloveourselves

3. Enjoy!

Download our free “Your Weight is Not Your Worth Poster” below!


Click here to downloadable a printable version of our poster

Help spread awareness by displaying this important message in your home, work, school, or community space!