October 15, 2007
Love Your Body Day scheduled for Oct. 18
Augusta, Ga. – An estimated five million people in the United States are affected by eating disorders, and more than 10 percent of those diagnosed with anorexia nervosa will die as a result of the disease. Organizers of National Love Your Body Day—scheduled for October 18—hope to stem the tide of those disturbing numbers.
Several events at Augusta State University will be centered around National Love Your Body Day with the aim of helping women improve their self image. The documentary THIN will be shown at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Coffeehouse. The film by acclaimed photographer Lauren Greenfield seeks to humanize the staggering statistics by going inside a Florida treatment center to tell the stories of four women struggling with eating disorders.
Also, a local celebration of National Love Your Body Day will be held on the steps of the Maxwell Theatre from noon to 2 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 18. There will be open microphone readings, a tribal fusion belly dancing demonstration, and the opportunity to make a post card expressing thoughts and feelings about beauty and body image. Participants can add their thoughts to a giant banner with the headline “I love my body because. . .”
An ASU faculty member can offer insight into the importance of this national day of recognition. Christie Launius, assistant professor of English and director of women’s studies at ASU, is helping to organize the campus celebrations in conjunction with National Love Your Body Day. For more information on the national day, visit http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org. If you would like to pursue this topic, call Kristopher Wells, information specialist, in ASU’s Office of Public Relations at 706-667-4821.