This year, during Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week, The Eating Issues Centre (TEIC) and the Eating Disorders Association (EDA), two Queensland based community organisations supporting individuals living with eating disorders and their families, are asking people to change the conversation about bodies (their own and other people’s) from a negative to a positive one. There is NO WRONG WAY TO HAVE A BODY.

As organisations working with Queensland individuals living with an eating disorder and their carers, family and friends, we see the importance of positive body image and conversations as a vital part in the prevention of eating issues and disorders.

General Manager, Belinda Chelius is encouraging everybody to be part of the ‘new way of having conversations about bodies’, reframing the current discourse of ‘dieting, getting beach body ready or ideal body types’. Help create ‘safe, non-judgmental environments’ for conversations, where bodies and people are ‘not judged on their shape or size’, there is #NoWrongWayToaHave a body, let’s strive to ‘love the ones we have’.

This year in partnership with The Brisbane City Council Urban Smart Project, volunteer artists will be executing a public artwork project on a street cabinet, corner of Sherwood Road and Jephson Street, Toowong, which will remind people that all bodies are beautiful and the is NO WRONG WAY TO HAVE A BODY.

Throughout BIEDAW TEIC and EDA will post a a series posts on social media to document the progress of the artwork, raise awareness around eating disorders and encouraging people to change the conversation.

Please join us in sharing these posts with the hashtags #CHANGETHECONVO, #LOVEYOURBODYWEEK and #NoWrongWayToHaveaBody #BIEDAW

Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week: No Wrong Way to Have a Body (BIEDAW) 3-9 September 2018