Embody Carolina is a campus initiative that aims to educate students about identifying and supporting someone struggling with an eating disorder. Eating disorders affect around 30 million Americans and are extremely prevalent on college campuses, with 1 in 4 students experiencing an eating disorder at some point. Even higher percentages of students struggle with negative body image, disordered eating, and low self-esteem. Additionally, eating disorders disproportionately impact folx in marginalized communities and people in these communities are less likely to receive a diagnosis and adequate care. These disorders and issues are not only potentially physically destructive, but are emotionally and mentally exhausting, detracting from students’ abilities to pursue their true interests.
Embody recognizes that there is no replacement for professional treatment of disorders and in no way seeks to do so. The three-hour, student led training program is meant to help students identify the signs of struggle, learn to approach friends with sensitivity and compassion, seek out professional help in the community, and serve as allies in the recovery process. The program also aims to dispel common myths about eating disorders and inform students about the dangers and realities of these disorders.
Why do we Embody?
"Although I haven't personally struggled with an eating disorder, I never used to appreciate my body. It took me years to stop comparing myself to other people and obsessing over things I couldn't change. I joined Embody to spread the message of self-love and hopefully provide support for students who have struggled with body image." -Adrienne Bonar
"I Embody because it helps me reclaim and reshape my experience with an eating disorder." - Rachel Guerra
"I Embody because of the productive conversations that arise at our trainings, meetings, and events!"
"I Embody because no one should ever have to feel alone or ashamed of themselves."
"I Embody to help spread the word to end the stigma."
"I Embody because one friend who knows how to help can make all the difference in someone's recovery."