“Engage women in discussion and inspire them to connect with each other to make eating disorders socially unacceptable.”
Partnering with Shands at UF Eating Disorder Recovery Center, the Be Real campaign launched in Fall 2011 on the University of Florida campus. A picture perfect world would be where every woman embraced her body and loved herself regardless of what size or shape she is. Everyone should be able to enjoy a night out with friends and pizza.
The idea for a eating disorder organization on campus began with a school project as Anna Daggs witnessed her sorority sisters and friends on campus obsess about weight and image. She recognized the way social media’s such as Twitter and Facebook helped produce the social norm that eating disorders are okay. A few shocking comments she would hear throughout the day or read on websites included:
“Water, its what’s for dinner…TSM.” (total sorority move)
“Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels, I’ll dig into my arm before I dig into the Christmas cookies.”
Together with Nicole McManus, one of her sorority sisters, they created a campaign plan aimed at combating this image the people around them were accepting of.
Be Real now raises awareness of these issues through our blog. Ideally, this will be a place to discuss all topics surrounding the realm of eating disorders, including body image in the media and mental health in general.
We invite all those who wish to support our mission to join us in our efforts. If you would like to become a contributor, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.