An Open Letter from Elaine Stevenson

This week, we are highlighting an inspiring example of successful media campaigning. Elaine Stevenson, long-time champion of eating disorder prevention in Canada took the members of the Manitoba Executive Council to task for recent body-shaming advertisements. We are happy to report that the ads have now been pulled.

Dear Premier Hon. Oswald, Hon. Rondeau, & Hon. Howard:

The Holiday Cookie Conundrum

It’s no surprise that this holiday season I have been faced with more opportunities than I can count to eat cookies, candies, chocolates and pastries. They appear like magic, in every corner of every room. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the type to be offended by an offering of holiday treats of any kind. I’ll take them shaped like trees, glittered with festive sprinkles, or loaded with chocolate. What really bothers me is the mixed messages we seem to receive between the first cookie tray and the first day back at work or school.

Happy New Year!

On behalf of NEDIC Staff and dedicated Volunteers, we wish every single one of our readers a Happy New Year!

A new year is often a symbol for new beginnings and a special motivation to overcome the challenges we faced in the previous year.

We hope that everyone has a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013!

Cheers to the ever growing NEDIC community and blog!

The Holidays

The holiday season has begun. I love this time of the year - everyone's excited as Christmas comes along, the winter means that it'll soon be snowy out, and there's a well-deserved break from school and work.

I starve, therefore I am not: Disembodiment in Anorexic Representations

It is often too easy to take well-intentioned popular media and public health initiatives and the images they transmit for granted. In the case of anorexia nervosa (A.N.), it is without question that accessibility to information and treatment is essential for those at risk and for those currently suffering from the disease, and that both popular media and public health campaigns are crucial in increasing awareness.


'It is not our bodies that need changing. It is our attitudes'. This is the quote found on the bottom of the NEDIC site. I never really noticed how true this is.

Our culture is one that stresses change in response to society's ideals. If society says be rich, you better make sure you are rich. If it says be thin, you better hope that you are thin enough.

Mommies & Makeovers

Last week, a friend told me she was disheartened by a radio ad for a "Mommy Makeover". I assumed she was referencing a spa-day for tired and sleep-deprived moms. You know, the typical feel-good fare: mani/pedi, facial, hair cut, etc. I was completely off the mark. If you're curious to know what it really is, take a moment and do a Google search for "Mommy Makeover" (heed caution, results will contain partial nudity). Why the partial nudity?

Too Much of a Good Thing?

On a recent vacation back home, I was forced out of my normal routine of working, eating and exercising and thrown into a dizzying whirlwind tour of family, friends and quality couple time with my boyfriend. As a person driven by schedules and the almighty clock, I get a bit anxious when flying by the seat of pants with no real plan in place. This lack of daily direction may be blissful to some, but is absolutely nerve-wracking for me. Despite the generally loose outline of my vacation days, there is one thing I can always count on fitting into my schedule: my workout!