Loving our bodies and ourselves is the focus of eating disorders prevention efforts
The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is launched the first full week in February with activities and events taking place throughout the year. It’s a British Columbia province-wide effort to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem.
You are invited to take part in supporting the ongoing Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves movement in promoting health and preventing disordered eating and eating disorders.
PEDAW’s mission is to provide an eating disorder prevention approach and resiliency based system of services, workshops, education, and support to people of all ages in the Province of B.C.
The primary purpose of the PEDAW is to provide leadership to a wide collective effort of volunteers, eating disorder professionals, nutritionists, health care providers, counsellors, educators, social workers and individuals committed to raising awareness around the prevention, early intervention and treatment of eating disorders. This includes awareness of risk and protective factors such as resiliency, self-esteem, media literacy and body image, all of which can be associated with disordered eating.
We speak with Mimi Hudson, director of community and provincial programs at Family Services of the North Shore, and with PEDAW coordinator Amy Candido, who lives in recovery from eating disorders.