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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Anxiety and Eating Disorders Podcast

For World Mental Health Day, Joanna Zelichowska, Manager of Jessie's Legacy, talks about the overlap between anxiety and eating disorders. As a registered clinical counsellor, Joanna touches on her work at Jessie’s Legacy and discusses the resources available for those in need of support. Listen to this episode of #OurAnxietyStories here!

https://www.anxietycanada.com/podcast/joanna-zelichowska/

Social Media and Body Image

What is the "highlight reel" effect and how does it impact us? Are filters more harmful than helpful when it comes to our self-esteem? Read on to learn about social media's effects on our self-image and how we can be more mindful and compassionate with ourselves about it.

Social Media and Body Image

CTV Morning Show: Eating Disorders and the Pandemic

Manager of Jessie's Legacy, Joanna Zelichowska, goes on CTV Morning Live with Jason Pires and Keri Adams to talk about how the pandemic has caused a spike in eating disorders and body image issues. How does pandemic uncertainty and anxiety contribute to this problem? Watch our video clip below to see the full interview!

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2270328

Joanna answers your questions...

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

"Eating disorders and disordered eating share very common symptoms but are not the same. Some common symptoms include: A preoccupation with weight and/or body shape Yo-yo dieting Overexercising Fasting and/or restricting Compulsive overeating Purging and/or laxative use While there may be some commonalities, disordered eating is made up of a range of thoughts, feelings, and … Read More" ... Read More

Question: With summer approaching, I find myself comparing my body to others. I seem to really struggle when I see skimpy clothing advertisements and conversations about body image begin to surface. How can I get myself to stop this comparing habit?

"Comparing is a difficult habit to break because it’s natural to observe others when in our environment.  What is most important is tackling the automatic negative thoughts you have about yourself when you go out.  First, know that you are part of a beautiful, vast, and diverse world that is yours to appreciate.  Notice how … Read More" ... Read More

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August 25, 2021

Q&A: Battling My Eating Disorder As A Male Athlete

Our self-identified male guest author shares with us how his dedication to his sports performance began a dangerous journey of restriction and comparison. The pressure  from racing and cross-country running led our author to focus heavily on his diet, training, and his competition. Our guest author brings up an important point, noting the lack of … Read More

August 11, 2021

How Comparison and Trauma Shaped My Recovery Journey

I was seven when I first became aware of my physical being. I remember looking at my mom and twin sister while playing at the park and wanting to disappear because I thought life would be better without me in it. My seven-year-old brain felt panic for thinking that, so I ran to my mom … Read More

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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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