National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at Baylor

Feb. 26, 2013
"Someday Melissa"

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 26, 2013) - Loving your body just the way it is has never been easy. Comparing yourself to celebrities and supermodels with power and fame is a part of human nature. Eating disorders are too often the result of these skewed comparisons.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW) began Feb. 24 and continues through March 2. This week is an assurance to all men and women that regardless of what the media portrays as beautiful and handsome, it is often not reality.

Baylor University's Student Life Center offers opportunities to get involved and raise awareness for NEDAW.

Movie: "Someday Melissa" at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Room B110 of the Baylor Sciences Building

"Someday Melissa" is a documentary about a 19-year-old woman who lost her life to an eating disorder. Her five-year battle wreaked havoc on Melissa's self-esteem, academic success, friendships and family. This film is designed to raise awareness of eating disorders and will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the topic of disordered eating with health professionals.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Walk 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Fountain Mall

Join fellow Baylor students, faculty and staff as they walk for eating disorder awareness.

For more information on National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, contact Emma Wood at 254-710-2467. All events are free and open to the public.

by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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