Morningside College will observe National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW), which is Feb. 25 through March 3,
with a series of events designed to increase awareness and prevention of eating disorders.
The free events are sponsored by Morningside’s offices of Personal Counseling and Resident Education and the Morningside College/La Maison Steering Committee. The public is invited to each event.
The times, places, and brief descriptions of the events are as follows:
Sunday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m.: “Eating Disorder Treatment and the Insurance Game.” The Morningside Civic Union will host a panel discussion about the difficulties associated with getting insurance companies to pay for appropriate eating disorder treatment. The panel includes a Karen Wall, licensed mental health clinician at Associates for Psychological and Therapy Services in Sioux City, a father whose daughter has struggled with an eating disorder, and Dr. Brenda Crawford, personal counselor at Morningside. UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue.
Monday, Feb. 26: “Second Annual Mirrorless Monday.” All mirrors in the Olsen Student Center will be covered with facts about eating disorders and tips on how to boost positive body images. Participants may also write positive self-affirmations on the mirrors.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Crawford will host a "Lunch and Learn" in which she will discuss eating disorders and body image. The luncheon will be followed by a screening of the HBO documentary film "Thin," followed by a short discussion. Participants can purchase lunch in the college cafeteria or bring a brown bag lunch. Maud Adams Room of the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue.
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m.: "Killing Us Softly 3" film and discussion panel. Jean Kilbourne's award-winning “Killing Us Softly” films have influenced millions of college and high school students on the study of gender representation in advertising. In her latest film, Kilbourne uses more than 160 ads and television commercials to review if and how the image of women in advertising has changed over the last 20 years. A panel discussion led by Crawford and Carol Garvey, R.N., Morningside’s director of Student Health, will follow the film. UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center.
Wednesday, Feb. 28: “Inside Out Day – Turning Beauty Inside Out.” Participants who support the cause of promoting a healthy body image are asked to wear their clothing inside out, with the aim to encourage people to expand the definition of what makes people beautiful.
Thursday, March 1: “Be Comfortable in Your Genes Day” and The Great Jeans Giveaway. Participants are invited to wear a pair of comfortable jeans for the day and donate a pair of old or new jeans that do not comfortably fit. The aim of the event is to highlight the fact that body size and shape are strongly influenced by biological factors such as genetics, while also calling attention to some of the new discoveries surrounding the role of genetics in the development of eating disorders. Donated jeans will be dispersed by the Morningside College Volunteers in Mission (VIM) group to local charities during their spring break mission trip to Lake Charles, La.
NEDAW has been observed annually since 1987 and is the nation's largest eating disorders outreach effort. During NEDAW, health care providers, educators, social workers, family members, students, and eating disorder professionals work to teach people of all ages about the importance of promoting positive body image and raise awareness about the dangers of eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment.