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Archive for January 30, 2014

My Vow to Teach Positive Body Image

Submitted by Shannon Caswell

I struggled with an eating disorder in highschool. While I have recovered at the age of 33, I would be lying if I said body image pressures were a distant past. In today’s society, it’s seems impossible to escape the pressures, the expectations, and the assumptions. However, I have become more keenly aware of how I let it impact me and how I define beauty.

 

We see it everywhere.

 

Television shows exist whose sole purpose is to judge what people wear and how beautiful they look. Food commercials tout the key to success lies in what you eat. Even in the workplace, we endure studies promoting that attractive women in the workplace are more successful.

 

We see models in magazines, fragile and thin. They look happy. They look like they have everything. What most people don’t know is that for many, their ability to control how little they eat consumes their life, everyday. It’s the pressure they live with every morning when they wake up and every night when they go to sleep. They are told that their ability to control what they eat and how they look defines them and their success.

 

That becomes what we’re made to believe, and that is what young girls see. What they aspire to be. And it translates into how young boys grow up defining beauty in a woman.

 

As a mother of two young boys experiencing the world, the most important thing I can teach them is to love their body for which they were blessed. And I know this starts with me.

 

So I vow to teach them beauty is within. It is what you say. What you do. What you feel. And what you love.

 

I will tell them I love them, everyday.

 

I will teach them no one should be perfect.

 

I will teach them that the words ugly, stupid, and not good enough aren’t real.

 

I will help them to love others for everything they are. And more importantly, everything they’re not.

 

I will teach them to never compare themselves to anyone else. That they are unique and being different is beautiful.

 

Lastly, I will teach them self-awareness. I know we can’t escape what we see on television, what we read in a magazine, or how people will view us.

 

But we can change how we experience it.

 

How we live it.

 

And how we take it with us into the world.

 

That is my vow to my children.

Calling for Artwork!

The Emily Program Foundation

Call for Artwork!

If you have ever created artwork inspired by eating disorder recovery, we invite you to share your work and inspiration with others at The Emily Program Foundation’s first annual Gala, unmaskED.  The masquerade theme of the Gala symbolizes the removal – or ‘unmasking’ – of the secrecy, stigma, and shame associated with eating disorders (ED). Themes include, but are not limited to, eating disorders, body image, and recovery.

This one night only Gala, unmaskED is taking place on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at the Muse Event Center 1073rd Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55401

 

Don’t wait to take part in this show; space is limited. Submissions are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Art pieces are preferred to be framed or mounted upon submission. Artwork will be displayed anonymously (unless otherwise requested).

Please submit your artwork and submission form to

Emily Monson no later than February 14th, 2014

Submit your work to Emily Monson, Community Educator

1295 Bandana Blvd. W., Ste. 210, St. Paul, MN 55108

Media Monday: Vogue Takes A Step In The Right Direction…Or Not.

Submitted by Volunteer Emma Wallett

Vogue has and always will be the fashion bible, known for representing the most fashion forward, cutting edge trends and ideas of the fashion world. Ann Wintour, the editor-in-chief of American Vogue, has been accredited with being the first to put celebrities on the cover as opposed to models, a trend that has swept through the fashion industry.

In general, the tendency to portray actresses on the cover of magazines has opened the door to celebrating body shapes other than just the typical size 2 model, which is a huge step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, the fashion industry has not changed enough to flaunt women’s curves on the covers quite yet.

Controversy over Lena Dunham’s February 2014 Vogue cover has been stirred, as we become more and more aware of Vogues habit of hiding celebrities curvier bodied in strategically planed shots that focus more on the stars face rather than the usual fashion aspect of Vogue photo-shoots.

This is not the first time that applause over choosing a full figured woman for the cover has been dulled by the headshot cover. British singing sensation Adele graced the cover of Vogue in March of 2012, featuring a heavily photoshoped image of her from the chest up, much to everyone’s disappointment.

Every time a magazine announces their new cover girl is a relatable, curvy woman, excitement and expectations run high only to spark outrage when we’re let down. It’s time to learn from these past mistakes and fully embrace every size body for the beauty that it holds. Hopefully we’re on the right track, just not quite there yet.

Source: http://shine.yahoo.com/fashion/problem-lena-dunham-39-vogue-cover-214200593.html

I Love My Body Because…

Submitted by EPF Volunteer.

I love my body because…

I love my body because it is mine. It’s what I have been given to live in and I love that I am able to be physically fit.

I love that I am a sociable and talkative person.

I love that my mind allows me to be genuinely respectful to others and being known as a happy fellow.

I love that I have a high respiratory rate and that my body allows me to recover quickly from muscle enduring activities.

I love my body because I can maintain and form extra fat or muscle in my body.

Most of all, I love my body because it defines me.

I am completely comfortable with my body for which I am always greatful.

 

A Call for Artwork!

The Emily Program Foundation

Call for Artwork!

If you have ever created artwork inspired by eating disorder recovery, we invite you to share your work and inspiration with others at The Emily Program Foundation’s first annual Gala, unmaskED.  The masquerade theme of the Gala symbolizes the removal – or ‘unmasking’ – of the secrecy, stigma, and shame associated with eating disorders (ED). Themes include, but are not limited to, eating disorders, body image, and recovery.

This one night only Gala, unmaskED is taking place on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at the Muse Event Center 1073rd Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55401

 

Don’t wait to take part in this show; space is limited. Submissions are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Art pieces are preferred to be framed or mounted upon submission. Artwork will be displayed anonymously (unless otherwise requested).

Please submit your artwork and submission form to

Emily Monson no later than February 14th, 2014

Submit your work to Emily Monson, Community Educator

1295 Bandana Blvd. W., Ste. 210, St. Paul, MN 55108

Contact Emily at outreach@emilyprogramfoundation.org or 651-379-6141 to receive a submission form and ask additional questions.