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Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness is a program of Family Services of the North Shore. Learn more about resiliency, disordered eating, and relationships with food, and find the Eating Disorder Prevention Toolkit. You can also learn more about Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves, a positive self-esteem movement. For more, visit www.jessieslegacy.com.
Kelty Eating Disorders
Visit www.keltyeatingdisorders.ca or call 1-800-665-1822 (in BC) to find good information on eating disorders, disordered and risky eating behaviours, in addition to eating disorder prevention resources. You can also find support and use the program locator tool to find help across the province.
Looking Glass BC: Online Peer Support
Looking Glass BC hosts regular, moderated, confidential online peer support sessions for anyone in Canada who is experiencing challenges some support around body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders. Sessions focus on support and recovery rather than treatment. For more, visit www.lookingglassbc.com/online-peer-support/
Being Me: Promoting Positive Body Image curriculum for elementary and middle school
Action Schools! BC’s Being Me curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade 9 helps student build positive body image and self-esteem, develop healthy relationships with food and exercise, and think about the messages about bodies that they see or hear. For more, visit www.actionschoolsbc.ca.
BalancedView, from BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, is an online education tool that examines weight stigma and bias in health care. BalancedView is a five-module course for medical professionals, public health professionals, and other health professionals across BC. It’s free and can be completed at any time. For more, visit www.balancedviewbc.ca.
Media Smarts aims to improve media literacy among Canadian children and youth. Visit www.mediasmarts.ca to learn more about body image and media like TV shows, movies, advertisements, and video games. They also have tips to help parents talk to children about body image and lesson plans for teachers.
National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC)
Visit www.nedic.ca, a Canadian resource centre, to learn more about body image, self-esteem, disordered eating, and eating disorders. You can learn more about finding help for yourself or a loved one, and find Beyond Images, a free body image and self-esteem curriculum for Grades 4 to 8.
About-Face teaches young women about media messages around bodies and body image. Learn how to take a more critical look at media like advertisements, TV shows, and magazines. For more, visit www.about-face.org.
Nine body-positive blogs
Visit mashable.com/2015/02/28/body-positive-blogs/ for nine blogs that focus on self-esteem and healthy body image, including Stop Hating Your Body, Fat Girl Food Squad, The Militant Baker, and The Love Yourself Challenge. (Note: Some bloggers use strong language.)
Living Life to the Full
Living Life to the Full is an eight-session course to help people build resiliency, manage low mood and anxiety, and feel better about themselves. Body image often comes up in Week 4, which is called “I’m not good enough: How to overcome low confidence.” The course is offered mainly through branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association. To learn more Living Life to the Full and find a course near you, visit www.livinglifetothefull.ca.