“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.”
-Simone de Beauvoir
One of the main objectives of our service group is to spread awareness about various mental health issues. Since the United Nations marks March 2-8th as the Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we wanted to make sure that we are able to educate people and spread awareness within the school campus. Eating disorders are mental and physical illnesses categorized by unhealthy relationships with food and serious disturbances in eating behavior, and they are often misunderstood as there is a general ignorance that surrounds the topic. One study found that 71% of people with an eating disorder were also diagnosed with an anxiety or mood disorder, which makes it a mental health issue. After discussing various ideas to execute the same objective with our service group and our high school counselor Ms. Fleming, we decided that we wanted to make posters and put them up for people to see. But since this is a susceptible topic, we wanted to make sure that the posters are put up in an appropriate and comfortable environment. So we decided that those posters need to be put up in all of the bathrooms. All of us started making a poster each out of which 3 would be selected to be displayed around the school. After finalizing the three posters, we sent them over to get laminated so that they could not get damaged. (LO3, LO4)
Similar posters were also put up in the boys’ bathroom as well as a lesser-known fact is that 1 out of 4 people who have an eating disorder are boys. We are looking forward to doing an advisory session on this soon.