February 25th marks the start of Eating Concerns Awareness Week. This program is provided to UNH students by the Office of Health Education and Promotion. The program is running Monday, February 25th through Thursday, February 28th. This program is developed for any student who has an eating concern or is having difficulties with their body image. Eating Concerns Awareness week also encourages students to reach out for help if they have a friend or family member coping with an eating disorder. Eating Concerns Awareness Week’s mission is to provide support for these students, to help them acquire love for themselves and to accept their flaws and see them as perfect.
Eating Concerns Awareness Week consists of Inspiration Stations! These are booths that are run by the Eating Concerns Mentors that will be set up for each specific day of the week in the Memorial Union Building. These booths consist of Mirror less Monday, Trash Fat Talk Tuesday, What Inspires You Wednesday and Thankful Thursday. There will also be an online chat with an Eating Concerns Mentor. This chat is set up so students can anonymously talk to an Eating Concerns Mentor about their body image issues. If you are concerned about a family member or friend on campus who needs assistance, the Eating Concerns Mentors urge you to reach out to them via this chat as well. An Eating Concerns Mentor is a UNH student who is dedicated and extensively trained to help their fellow students with any eating concerns they may have about themselves, a friend or family member. They will provide you with information and support on how to get help for yourself or your loved one. This program will also be offering a special lecture called, “A Hunger So Wide & So Deep: Eating Problems and Recovery From a Multicultural Perspective”. This lecture talks about the different array of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive eating. Becky Thompson, an activist will be hosting and will talk about the different anxieties that could affect your body image.
For more information on this program at UNH, visit the Office of Health Education and Promotion’s Eating Concern page. If you are interested in connecting to an Eating Concerns Mentor, fill out this questionnaire and you will be paired up with a mentor within 48-72 hours.
Remember that asking for help is incredibly admirable and requires great strength. You will be an inspiration to others and by asking for help, you are an example to others who may be dealing with the same stresses. You are your own unique individual. You are perfect exactly way you are. Just because someone else may be thin and slender, does not make him or her healthy. It is important to accept your flaws and see them as perfect. They make you, you. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”