Body Image & Eating Disorder Awareness Week being celebrated at Iowa State

February 27-March 4 is Body Image & Eating Disorder Awareness (BIEDA) Week at Iowa State University. Several events and activities have been planned to bring awareness to the issue.

The week’s activities begin with an “Honor Your Hunger” event on Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LeBaron Lobby. Then at 5 p.m., the first part of Culinary Boot Camp takes place. Students who signed up for boot camp will be given tips on grocery shopping and meal planning. Part two of boot camp will take place the following Monday.

On Tuesday, the documentary, “Embrace,” will be shown in 2155 Marston. The film looks at the reasons poor body image has become a global epidemic and things women can do to have a brighter future. Free popcorn and treats will be provided.

Wednesday’s activity is a lecture by speaker James “Buck” Ryan, executive director of Remuda Ranch at The Meadows in Arizona. Titled, “Eating Disorders Simplified,” Ryan will talk about what eating disorders are and aren’t. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

Then on Thursday, make plans to attend the Rock Your Body! Party in the Memorial Union’s Cardinal Room from noon to 3 p.m. Free food, games and prizes will be offered. Several vendors will be in attendance, and individuals will share their recovery stories.

Friday and Saturday are Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa (EDCI) Awareness Days in Des Moines. BIEDA officer training and education for students, teachers, coaches, parents and families will take place Friday. Saturday’s Awareness Day will include keynote speakers and breakout sessions.

The BIEDA Club at Iowa State is responsible for organizing BIEDA Week activities. To find out more about the club, find them on Facebook and Twitter.


Whitney Sager, communications coordinator, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, 515-294-9166,

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