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Who’s At Your Table?

Posted on: 2/24/21
Posted by: Maggie

During the third week of February each year, The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) raises awareness for eating disorders with a unique theme. In 2021 to celebrate NEDA’s 20th anniversary, the theme was: “Every Body Has a Seat at the Table,” to draw much-needed attention to marginalized communities. This blog was written in honor of that theme.

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NEDAwareness Week 2021 has arrived! Every year the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) raises awareness for eating disorders. This year’s theme, “Every Body Has a Seat at the Table,” draws much needed attention to marginalized communities. In honor of NEDAwareness Week 2021, I’m sharing who’s sitting at my table. I didn’t stick solely to individuals because I’ve found that the more support, the better. Recovery, support, and happiness can come in all forms.

Your biggest supporter: Department of Mental Health (DMH)

Why: The Department of Mental Health (DMH) has provided me with services, including case management for more than half of my life. They’ve always made sure I have the necessities for life and even went beyond that, instilling hope and being my cheerleaders. I now live a fulfilling life in recovery and am beyond grateful for DMH and their ongoing support. 

Favorite body liberation activist: The Body Project

Why: Societal norms surrounding body image put undue and unrealistic pressure on young girls. The Body Project is an evidence-based eating disorder prevention and body positivity program for high school and college-aged girls. Get involved at the Body Project Collaborative!

Your recovery hero: Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA)

Why: The Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA) provided me with the necessary services and support over a 15-year period, allowing me to recover from an eating disorder, and essentially saving my life.

Someone you’re proud of: Myself

Why: I’m proud of the effort I put into my recovery. Recovering from an eating disorder is hard, it is more work than staying sick, but I can honestly say that it is worth it. 

Someone who makes you smile: Schitt’s Creek

Why: The television show, Schitt’s Creek deserves its spot at the table. Why you might ask? I watched the TV series over the course of the pandemic, and it proved to be one of my most effective (and enjoyable!) coping skills. Let’s grab extra chairs at the table for the cast and crew!

Someone you are always learning from: The Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (Transitions ACR)

Why: Every day working at the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research I learn new things. As Plutarch said, “the mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.”